Thursday, October 31

Totem

TOTEM
might of oak and heft of kin
blocks and logs carved by the din
painted teeth and lolling gazes
wombs and graves in larval mazes
fathers, uncles, siblings, lovers
babies, sages, mentors, mothers
incantations slam the air waves
pen the legends spun in dark caves
lonely, legged, crawling creatures
whittled into wood by teachers
chisel held in shaking hand
totems tower in this land
master, novice, doesn't matter
histories notch in whorls, not ladders


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