red eye opens and the mountains walk in verdant circles,
embodied by a breathing world
stones, too, are sentient. A river that flowed
a few days ago, has drained into the earth.
A sign emerged: Swim
At Your Own Risk. Only my primordial genes
remembered how to swim.
mist swims over the path
of a species who began
than 50,000 years ago to draw on
hides, bone, walls, rocks;
papyrus, paper, digital screens;
in signs, symbols,
alphabets, machine language...
the same culpable