I crossed the valley where a dead tree refused to completely return to the earth that nourished it,
negotiating with genes
archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000-year-old workshop holding the tools
and ingredients in a South African cave that has already yielded surprises
that expressed themselves
before I was born.

Before I was born, I could circle around

  
                                            
without
                                                                  circling

                                                                                   back