Anxious to hone his rhetorical skills,
the ambitious eighteen-year-old
pored over the dialogues of Cicero.
But it wasn't form but function
that shaped the intelligence
of young Augustine. Looking beyond
classical discourse, the student saw
into the mind of the master of rhetoric
and hungered for the wisdom
that reason held. In reason's circle
time is a never ending dimension
that brings the student toe to toe,
mind to mind with the master's
best assumptions. The challenge
is waged, the refutation laid.