Ever Since – a poem inspired by Week 8 (The Language Poets)

Ever since that first cave man
or cave woman (more than likely)
carved an image she had seen
onto a cave wall
with a sharp-cornered rock –

And ever since that first cave woman
(or cave man) translated an internal feeling
or a knowing
into a grunt or a moan (a word)
and gave birth to a new technology
of human expression –

And ever since the first tool
and the first technology
came together, converged
in a new mental space
by a superior intellect
(already among us)
to point out to us
the direction for our deliverance
from total triple darkness –

Ever since –
we have been seeking
a slow retreat,
back into the shadows,
back into the thoughtless void –

But there are those among us
who just won’t tolerate
the backslide:
they are called poets.
Poetry is their name.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer. Strong interests in information architecture, instructional design, critical pedagogy, taxonomies and metadata management, information governance, and cultural heritage preservation.

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