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Humanity

Translation:

Humanity

And so here I am
and here I see myself in white,
my skin -a midnight snowfall
where no one can stain me
with their footprints, their black footprints.
And so here I am alone.
The dawn sings to me uninhibited,
she sings of the kisses of the sun in the morning,
of the soft swaying of the stars,
their dances, their fiery weddings.
And so she sings to me in a still, small whisper,
with it she leaves me breathless,
the weight of the secrets of ages
fills up my mouth with ashes
that taste like the grave.

My tongue has become 
the voice of the ancients.
And I am alone
but I don't feel alone. 
Their fingers diffuse,
spreading out across my eyelids,
the dead resurrect like the sun 
in my eyes. 

And their wisdom in my face is a tombstone;
in my body, an Easter Sunday.

They fold in the wrinkles of a beggar woman.
They flow like tears from the open mouth of the sky.
They are sparks in the memory of children.
They hold together the stones of the Pyramids
and fill the cracks in the bones of the mountains.

And in truth our feet 
begin to decompose,
to unite with the roots of the world.
And in truth we are alone
but we don't feel alone.

We carry knowledge in ivory,
mystery, forgotten nostalgia. 
In our veins runs the blood
of warriors,
in our lungs
the words
of God. 

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  1. Date: 7/16/2010 8:52:00 PM

    I love this write.

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 8:40:00 PM

    This is a great poem. It is steeping in downtrodden, yet very uplifting imagery. Chris.

  1. Date: 3/12/2010 10:49:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading your fine poetry today Micaela. Have a wonderful weekend filled with inspiration and do share more of your poetry with us. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 3:00:00 PM

    Wow. This is a beautiful poem, and some of your imagery took my breath away. Thank you for sharing this.