newborns (Poem 20160421)

newborns, we dusted the earth
off our shoulders
shook it out of our hair

newborns, we were still blind
but we could smell jason
an enemy to cut down

newborns in the bodies of grown men
experts at wielding a sword
experts at cutting down a man

our father was a dragon’s tooth
our mother the dark earth
but neither warned us about treachery

newborns, we huddled together for protection
who knew that duplicitous man
would set us at each other’s throats

newborns, it took but a single rock
tossed in our midst
blind, we died trying to protect one another

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National Poetry Month
NaPoWriMo Day 21
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16 thoughts on “newborns (Poem 20160421)”

    1. Thanks! I used some of this imagery in an earlier poem, and the stories of Jason and Odysseus stuck with me.

  1. Sorry; I’m caught up with some projects and apologize for my late response! I love this poem and enjoyed reading between the lines (your subtle reference to Greek mythology is sublime). AND I LOVE THAT IT’S TITLED!!! ❤

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