The Earth and Her Memories

Its been a couple busy months, but I’m back, with another gem from the vault.

 

These were the ancient days

She said in the shades

As her nerve endings reached up from the earth

They were broken, dead and in hibernation

In the cold November sky

And her memories were rife

With the smell of decay

And the blood she fed the hundreds of thousands

She swallowed up at the end of their lives

They walked her lands

These old people

These children of the earth

They lived and died in the cold brutality

Of the earliest hunting tribes

Whose very law was survival

As hers had always been.

Early warriors waged a war with the ghosts of their land,

Holographic forms from another time.

Even then,

Things the shaman knew not,

For its age was far beyond their own.

But hers was an ancient earth

When it was new,

And she showed me the visions of her memories

The memories of the trees

And of the water as it carved out

The trenches in the hills

The people of the red death,

Who left their mark upon the flesh of their enemies

Swallowed their souls

And poured their blood into the caverns of this landscape

Marking the graves in ochre.

 

Old tales speak of the need to bury the bones,

But what brother has done to brother

Is engulfed and forgotten,

By the swallowing and swelling of the earth,

Until only she remembers.

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