homo spiritualis

i went to this lecture & the man said
"we just have to evolve, you know"
the gist of the whole thing involved the fact that we
since caves, have been homo sapiens
& that now, faced with war, extinction & floods, food shortages &
overpopulation
well maybe there is no time like the present

& this is where i need your hand, brother
'cause if i could just lie down next to you
like the sort of fertile crescent i once was
where i had no thought of harm
no thought of exploitation
we'd go back a long, long way

we'd move backwards through corridors of time
back, back, to the time before the fall
to some kind of agrarian meadow
'cause we're all so tired, so tired

& these roles have gotten just so twisttangled
the man said "you know, in 30 years, nobody, nobody is going to be
safe
from the disaster that is coming, not even those in a monastery"

& he said you know? "we all have to evolve together into a new
lifeform"
he said the time for homo sapiens was gone
& that this was the time for homo spiritualis
& i think he was right

& this starts in a bedroom between genders
look, look, look there was an age Catal Huyuk
before these wars, you just forgot, my brother & so did i

there was a time i planted peacefully
it was a time of wheat, of loaves & grain
& tribe was what counted, our tribe

this was before the invasions
before the burials with coin, this was before the spear & killing
hordes
the villages were round, they were breast-shaped
& in the art, well there were grain goddesses
& from their vulvas, sweetly pouring
grains. sheaves & you

nestled between flush lips
you tell me boy? what happened to our tribe?
i want to lie with you on the banks of the ganges again
curled inside of arms that were made for safekeeping
want the press of that wand, hardcurved up my thigh

want the old gods, the ones plotinus spoke about
because you know, he tried to describe that
& plotinus was the last philosopher before organized religion
& he saw only light

& boy let me tell you
i know we have one spirit
& that is peaceful lovingkindness
you know you've got the same thing as mine, same hearts
help me boy, help me brother
it's eden i want, the paradise of your arms

& this starts in a bedroom between genders
look, look, look there was an age Catal Huyuk
before these wars, you just forgot, my brother & so did i


2004 by Valentina Bonnaire

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