scrawled exponential

beginning

methinks

with the first conversation

and thus founded by the first words

exchanged

between two or more

lesser great apes,

ending perhaps

as early as tomorrow

or twenty eight days later,

ideology

as cognitive culture

created the space for

understanding

and its misses

 

imagine how skilled at listening

were those early gossipers

taking no grunt for granted

not distracted by a thousand

names in their head

nor disillusioned by tropes

nor fooled by the belches

of a politician,

there was a message to experience

and with the right patience and

concentration

a deep understanding would unfold,

a miracle

 

sharing experience through noise

through full-body gestures

and an eye’s contact

soon we primates were a more powerful

collective soul than we could express

without violence

so we opted for that sort of thing

banding together

pretending that the strength of our connection

with an isolated group of hairless monkeys

was somehow more holy

than that with any other

and faction after faction

after fissure

after valley after peak

in the cultural cartography

of the wise-and-two-legged

was

scrawled exponential

on the map

of the universe

which we now ignore

 

insulated now

from

the reality of other’s

by this same

liberating capacity

which brought us connection

on a wholly-[un]holy level

we sure have come a long way

so far a way

from those fledgling conversations

we may have forever lost

the ability to use the

language

as the gift it

really is

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