Past History

Olduvai Gorge

Flocks of stone
huddle
over bones–
layered wingspans interspersed
with soil and skulls, long femurs,
the delicate finger bones of a child.

Earth is eased loose,
sleep’s feathered realm disturbed,
drawn into reality
with ungainly names:
Australopithecus boisei,
Homo habilus,
Homo erectus.  Look
into the eye socket.  Count
the missing teeth.  Plumb
depths of self
arriving at this strange face.

Brow ridge and heavy jaw
push out against skin,
brain case shrinks,
reduced to smaller thoughts.
Hunt.  Eat.  Hide.  Mate.  Sleep.

The world is dry Serengeti bush, is
an empty wash
filled by occasional rains,
is a small band
surviving.

Olduvai Gorge

Flocks of stone

huddle

over bones–

layered wingspans interspersed

with soil and skulls, long femurs,

the delicate finger bones of a child.

Earth is eased loose,

sleep’s feathered realm disturbed,

drawn into reality

with ungainly names:

Australopithecus boisei,

Homo habilus,

Homo erectus.  Look

into the eye socket.  Count

the missing teeth.  Plumb

depths of self

arriving at this strange face.

Brow ridge and heavy jaw

push out against skin,

brain case shrinks,

reduced to smaller thoughts.

Hunt.  Eat.  Hide.  Mate.  Sleep.

The world is dry Serengeti bush, is

an empty wash

filled by occasional rains,

is a small band

surviving.

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3 thoughts on “Past History

  1. Some lines are good like in the third (2nd to last) stanza. I think the last stanza needs a relook at line breaks. 🙂

    Cyn

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