in this middle age
I find a crucible of
molten metal me
Middle age is often an inflection point where a person decides, again, what direction their life will take. I like this image of the crucible. The metal has the potential to become something strong and beautiful, but must be handled with care lest it reduce its surroundings to ash. Mine has not yet been cast, but I think I see the shape of it shifting underneath the surface.
(Coincidentally, element 43 on the periodic table is technetium, a transition metal that is radioactive and mostly not found on Earth, but rather in red stars. Transition, indeed.)