He crept fearfully down from the bark and the berries
and strode upon the land,
Straightening his back, the better to take its measure.
The burning bush brought the Word of God
and fire to shape his life.
He learned to sow and learned to grow, and swept his kind
across continents.
He brought symbols and structure to universe,
and plumbed the mighty void.
He cut mountains down to size.
He tinkered with the elements
and shuddered at the spawn.
Then he tinkered with himself
on the road to extinction.

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