I have just quoted them,
to a colleague sitting by,
during the teachers’ assembly,
that was trickling on as ever
in ferocious bureaucracy.
Now they are still shining silently
against the backdrop of normality.
Maybe summoned by a force
that’s not ours, behind the clamor,
in the fundamental silence,
they can always speak
with the suddenness of eternity,
like a thunderclap turned inward