A Homo Sapien
We are the Smart Apes
who rose from the African Plains
who learned to eat meat
and grow large brains;
I see Cro-Magnon man
and Neanderthal man;
living in the Caves
fashioning spear tips;
I, Cro-Magnon Man
came from the Middle East
to find there Neanderthal,
I could see
he had no knowledge of serrated
was no match
for my nimble technologies.
and the warming climes.
I inter-married and /or dispersed him
until today I am all that is left.
I brought new fire to Neanderthal;
in it simmers his remains.
I see other animals
as the Ape spread
to Java, to Asia
There were halting migrations
driven by climate change;
the whole human race
dwindled down to 14 thousand souls;
a tiny gene pool;
the ancestors of our entire progeny.
We are all mutants then
from a gene pool too small;
we are all genetic experiments;
plagued by paradox;
killers but builders too;
peace lovers but war-makers too;
an animal with
a bad genetic start.
I see the development of the opposable thumb;
art, technology, the family
war and genocide;
all in the mix.
There was tyranny,
all from the same brain.
Here comes History,
We Apes touch other worlds.
Send our voices into space
grasp the nature of the universe
invented the concept of Love
threaten the planet with permanent
pollute our own nest
and pave under the trees.
We are Homo Sapiens
self-named 'Wise Men.'
And we live in this Irony.
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