what we knew

written for Twiglet #321 “curled page”

old encyclopaedias
still as drawn clocks
 footprints in stone

maps long undrawn
colours exploded:
the scattering of lives

archaic language
long rested and rotted
on the forest floor

medicine fallen to disrepute
misunderstood organs
and a wandering of souls

colonised facts
like submerged stepping stones
in the human river

those curled pages
are history’s crackle
rubbing at our thumbs

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