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A Poem

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit

We are made of earth and to earth we all return

We are deep-air mammals living at the bottom of an ocean of air

We live by the slow fire of oxidation

In landscapes shaped by fire, air, and water

We are creatures more water than solid; eddies in one watershed or another

All part of one great watershed

We are spirits made matter, but we are spirit and that matters

We are sojourners in a mystery called time

by, David W. Orr

from Design on the Edge: The Making of a High-Performance Building

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