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Controlled Burn

is the name of the test
on paper and in flames.
Before you,
I never thought about
how people have to learn
to run towards burning buildings,
to put on gear and walk in fire.

This is not a metaphor.
There are classes, days
and hours in rooms at
the local college, the fire hall,
at fires set
just to put them out,
all these tests on paper
and in flames.

Everything can catch fire,
even those tests on paper
can end in flames I pray you pass
with flying colors.
So study hard.
Study very hard.

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