Stomping the park puddles
Familiar green shapes
Formed from crude oil
As if forged from the
Fossilized bones of
Long dead ancestors
As protectors of
Through marshy ground
Wild as once before
Roaring early displeasure
At competition for
A chance to slide
Young pitted against young
Tooth and claw
Fighting to be first
Childhood, Children, Competition, Dinosaurs, feral, fighting, Food, ice-cream van, park, plastic, Poetry, reincarnation, Violence
Feb · 17
Fleet of foot, we rose up on new legs
And crawled from the ocean,
Found caves by the shore more secure,
But ambitious, precocious, we wanted more.
Overtaking the bones of dinosaurs
Forging weapons of our bodies
We set out to outsmart competition
Surpass them with strength and speed.
It was not easy. Some fell early
To malnutrition; attrition rate high,
But we were stubborn, focused;
Too intent on growth to die.
Hurdled germs on our own terms
Through the darker ages, lettered pages
To illuminate and illustrate
Our superior ways, our mind, our fate.
When prayer for days fell out of fashion,
Revolution wrought new passion
Choosing sides and burning towns:
Spoils to victors, death to clowns.
Bloodied our hands in War and Peace
With the drawing of borders and global police
Such inventive solutions to building new homes
That we thought we were Gods, not flesh and bones.
And now we have entered a digital age
We find new forms of life engaged
In fights for supremacy, violent rage
Evolved to the glare of a flickering page.
But we haven’t forgotten our primitive roots
For one, in anger, aims and shoots
To rid this world of other tribes
Ensuring only “ours” survives.
Anger, Black Death, Bodies, Book of Days, Charlie Hebdo, Civil War, Competition, Conceit, Dark Ages, Death, Digital Age, Dinosaurs, Dominance, Evolution, Expansion, Fate, Genocide, Germ warfare, growth, Hubris, Human Race, Illuminated Manuscripts, Lebensraum, Life, Peace, Plague, Poetry, Prayer, Progress, Publishing, Racial hatred, Racism, Rage, Religion, Revolution, Spoils, superior, Supremacy, Terrorism, Tribal, Victory, Violence, War, weapons, Winner, Written word
Jan · 15