behold the one who
pulled a creature out from stone.
we sing in wonder.
the featherless dog or feather
less old man passing along a
great river: floated upon timber
while a pygmie tribe carried an
altar ? slid on rough hewn granite
traveling a burden greater than
the weight of any man in girth
and size. we studied on their
journey how they lashed the rock
to forest branches / dragged it all
along. we heard of places where
the many families dwelt together
and once high up on a hillside we
encountered several others knelt
onto the ground: arms raised into
the heavens / seemed to never hear
us pass. we dreamt of carnage.
distant people starving by the
hundreds with a plenty shared
among the few. on waking: outcry.
near by stirred a great new beast.
we gathered up our young / seeking
new pastures on the mountain side.
a headress woven tight with ore and
minerals begat those heights of
passion reminiscent of a birthing.
there we did not linger on. each day
our son grows stronger with the care
ful eye his mother knows well. loving
as i could not love myself our clan
swells with the rising tide.