There is a poem, “Fire” by Judy Brown about space.
“Too much of a good thing” she says
“too many logs, packed in too tight”
will put out the fire.
This has me thinking of the space to fail.
But maybe failure is not what I mean.
Maybe I mean the space to tinker
to try out.
Success is a good thing and
I want my own children and my students
and myself to have it.
But at what cost?
When success is all that’s allowed
it becomes piled on
like too many logssnuffing out the flames.