(Poem) picts by Barbara Mor

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they tattooed the animals on

their skins badger hawk bison

boar fox images cruaths of

forests earth ice woad and

blood inked in our flesh and

thus took on their powers

wild horse white-maned herds

of wind of rain pinestorm howls

wolverine bear raven fish mouse

naked among trees and caverns

ancestors the cruaths spread over

their immense bodies constellations

of beasts in the flesh of blue

stars over the universal

imagination of night they hunted

the animals of this dream

owl deer river worm and fire

dragons of vision inside the skull

and thus became their powers

where are noble animals

coyote the wolf  listen

to them howl a long white

spray of utter stars of pure

grief out of night the

nebulae of lost spirits

explodes flows from throats of

animals who cry upward

from the roots of earth

we die the air is extinct

the tribes of water of

fire and forests compressed of

a billion years of mineral

bones wild hunger where

we were in the solitude of fur

muzzles and bellies of milk

in dens of rock where all things

curl to sleep dream the

earth extinct the home

of noble animals in a

huge night

howl in a nightmare of

electric sleep scream of streets the

throat of darkness slashed

noise of engines, razor hunger

crashed into eyes as dinosaurs

once crashed into trees and

stars and died there became

the oil of crushed black time

flows now from earth

wounds the same beginning

and end at speed of night

wheels roll over and over

the animals their cries are

flat the brains dead line

down the middle of streets highways

spun out into stars one-way

DNA unwinding entropy

of hearts horses wolves of

cars cougars mustangs they

gallop in metallic bodies of

death over the cliff

of our staring eyes

can you believe the night

is ended can you

receive the extinction of


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