It Takes a Universe

By Thomas Berry

The child awakens to
a universe. The mind
of the child to
a world of wonder.
Imagination to a world
of beauty. Emotions
to a world of intimacy.
It takes a universe
to make a child both
in outer form and inner
spirit. It takes
a universe to educate
a child. A universe
to fulfill a child.
Each generation presides
over the meeting of these
two in the succeeding
So that the universe
is fulfilled in the child,
and the child is fulfilled
in the Universe.
While the stars ring out
in the heavens!