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Poem: "We Will Fade into You" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "We Will Fade into You"
This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from my_partner_doug. It also fills the "Fade Into You" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This was the linkback perk poem for the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.

"We Will Fade into You"

We were not the first people --
we remember others in our histories
and our myths -- but we were alone
when you walked out of the east.

When you came into our territory,
sometimes we ran from each other,
sometimes we fought, and sometimes
we lay down and rolled in the furs.

Now there are more of you
and fewer of us every year, like
the ice shrinking before the grass.

It is for us as it was for the old ones.

So we leave you our stone tools,
our choppers and scrapers and blades.

We leave you our necklaces of
animal teeth and seashells.

We leave you our handprints
on cave walls and our bone flutes.

We leave you, too, a little of ourselves,
painted in freckles and foxfire hair.

Even as we dwindle,
we will fade into you,
two slowly becoming one.

When we walk out of this world
into history, you will walk alone,

but something of us will remain in you.

* * *


Read about Homo sapiens migration routes and see a map.

Neanderthal creativity includes a wide range of items.  Read about their tools and see a picture of stone flakes.

Neanderthal necklaces and seashell jewelry have been found.

They left their handprints on cave walls.

This is a bone flute.  You can listen to it online.

Neanderthal genes have left behind numerous traits including red hair.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: June 29th, 2017 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I cannot see a poem...?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 29th, 2017 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)


I have no idea why, it was in the editable version. I've tinkered a bit, try it again.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: June 29th, 2017 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Now it is there, both on the device and browser where I could not see it before and on my desktop computer.

That we carry our unknown ancestors with us in our bones, whether we like it or not, is one of the concepts I like - it's right up there with us all being made of stuff created in stars.

There is one lady over here who had her genetics tested for a television show who discovered that she and her mother had completely European chromosomes - and African mitochondria. They know from statistics the minimum number of generations back this lady must have been, but they know nothing else about her....
kengr From: kengr Date: June 29th, 2017 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was this supposed to be *only* posted on LJ?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 29th, 2017 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


It was. Unfortunately, one of the serious flaws in DW which prevents me from migrating is that I can't feasibly make more than trivial edits after posting something. It eats the line breaks on the edit page which causes the text to appear as one giant lump. >_< So I have to post linkbacks and microfunded poems on LJ.
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