utterance

utterance

if the beginning was the word
and the word was light,
then who spoke the word
that cleared the forest.
who spoke the word
that made this world
of empty desire and concrete.
who spoke the engine
and the mines that feed it
and the plastic it spews –
waste product turned to profit
or loss
depending on what kind
of consumer you are
the human kind
that buys and wastes
and wastes and buys
or the turtle that lives
and breathes the ocean
that swims with more plastic
than fish.

if the beginning was the word
and the word was light,
where are the words
that spoke us separate
from the earth our body,
lonely in our animal skin
and whale bone ribs
unable to hear
the voice of our belonging
over the noise of our words.

if the beginning is the word
and the word is light
then let us know the shadow
we are made from,
so we may live the light.

 

 

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