Daily Archives: September 4, 2015

To be human


we lived in caves
roughly grabbing each
coarse culinary opportunity
slowly, slowly picking up skills
shaping stones into weapons and tools
inventing instruments for ease and improvement
no longer in caves; our dwellings were of straw and clay
of wood cut and shaped, of weighted stone carried by slaves
comfort and pleasure, power and supremacy were our aims
though the torn bodies of our victims piled high
we decietfully described every act as civilized
we distanced ourselves from all instinct
brick by brick as sweat dripped
on land stolen from the weak
we built castles in sinking sand
now we struggle to keep them
but aside from the lucky
only the strong

©Jane Paterson Basil