Offer Carelessly

we have all been brothers, hermaphroditic as oysters
bestowing our pearls carelessly

no one yet had invented ownership
nor guilt      nor time

we watched the seasons pass, we were as crystalline
       as snow
and melted gently into newer forms
as stars spun round our heads

we had not learned betrayal

our selves were pearls
irritants transmuted into luster
and offered       carelessly

our pearls became more precious and our sexes static
mutability grew a shell, we devised different languages
new words for new concepts, we invented alarm clocks
fences      loyalty

still...even now...making a feint at communion
       infinite perceptions
I remember
we have all been brothers
and offer     carelessly

Enlightenment Poem by Lenore Kandel

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