Ascent of Man

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Ascent of Man

I leave my trail in layers.

Mark in endless strata my

turbulent mutation. Split me;

I've calcified. Time has scored

my trunk with crop circles,

shockwaves made visible

by the frenzy of my growing. 


Quarry me cross-sectioned.

The fossils read like auguries. 

They recall my absent spine

those bitter protozoa nights

when I was low as sea level.


The skeletons also portend. 

Sooths deep in the marrow. 

In the future, they'll be hollow. 

Imagine me remigial, breezes 

cradling my gliding feathers. 


I ask the bones to speak

to me of lifetimes. Tell me:

how many iterations are there

between the soil and heaven? 

Submitted: August 05, 2020

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