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, 1974, pp. 82-85)
salt seas, mountains, deserts—
cell mandala holding water
nerve network linking toes and eyes
teeth, all-purpose little early mammal molars.
front fore-mounted eyes—
watching at the forest-grassland (interface
scavenge, gather, rise up on rear legs.
running—grasping—hand and eye;
calling others to the stalk, the drive.
note sharp points of split bone; broken rock.
on the balance of the neck,
tough skin—good eyes—sharp ears—
move in bands.
milkweed fiber rolled out on the thigh;
nets to carry fruits of meat.
catch fire, move on.
eurasia tundra reindeer herds
sewn hide clothing, mammoth-rib-framework tent.
skinned and split;
opening animal chests and bellies, skulls,
bodies just like ours—
pictures in caves.
send sound off the mouth and lips
formal complex grammars transect
inner structures & the daily world—
big herds dwindle
(—did we kill them?
thousand-mile front of prairie fire—)
ice age warms up
learn more plants. netting, trapping, boats.
bow and arrow. dogs.
mingle bands and families in and out like language
kin to grubs and trees and wolves
dance and sing.
begin to go “beyond”—
buried baby wrapped in many furs—
great dream-time tales to tell.
squash blossom in the garbage heap.
cows won't stay away, start herding.
weaving, throwing clay.
get better off, get class,
make lists, start writing down.
forget wild plants, their virtues
lose largest size of brain—
get safer, tighter, wrapped in,
winding smaller, spreading wider,
lay towns out in streets in rows,
and build a wall.
drain swamp for wet-rice grasses, burn back woods,
herd men like cows.
have slaves build a fleet
raid for wealth—bronze weapons
horse and wagon—iron—war.
study stars and figure central
never-moving Pole Star King.
From “King” project a Law. (Foxy self-
survival sense is Reason, since it “works”)
and Reason gets ferocious as it goes for
order throughout nature—turns Law back on
nature. (A rooster was burned at the stake
for laying an egg. Unnatural. 1474.)
science walks in beauty:
nets are many knots
skin is border-guard, a pelt is borrowed warmth;
a bow is the flex of a limb in the wind
a giant downtown building
is a creekbed stood on end.
detritus pathways. “delayed and complex ways
to pass the food through webs.”
maturity. stop and think. draw on the mind's
stored richness. memory, dream, half-digested
image of your life. “detritus pathways”—feed
the many tiny things that feed an owl.
send heart boldly traveling,
on the heat of the dead & down.
two logging songs.
Some were over-ripe.”
Is ancient; many-
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