The Accretion of Man

Poem on image

The word,

without syllable or sound,

precedes

the beginning,

precedes

this beginning,

precedes

the recipient

and the active,

precedes

this existence,

precedes

that previous

existence,

generates

heat

and boiling

globules,

ther’on

pervades

the contingent,

pervades

the cool

masses,

pervades

the wet

and growling

rock,

pervades

the flimsy

atmosphere,

pervades

the brownian

motion,

 

 

 

 

 

 

pervades

the molecules

of consciousness,

pervades

the anchors

and the skeletons,

the feelers

and the growth,

the dodgers

and the chasers,

the narrows

and the spaces,

the containers

and the chaos,

the miners

and the sculptors,

the reachers

and the drawers,

the clusters

and the blasters,

until

ten thousand tribes,

between their mountain ranges,

spill over

into one hundred

and ninety-three

nations.

 

October 2006

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