CIV

We

Participants in this civilization

Far beyond borders of nation or continent or color or creed

Live as if the world belongs to us

All other species live as if they belong to the world

Our ancestors as a species lived as if they belonged to the world

Which allowed us to be born

As we know ourselves

 

There are still a few corners of the earth

Where our brothers and sisters

Of species

Yet not culture

Still survive

Living as if they belong to the world

They have not exhiled themselves

From the garden of Eden

They remind us that it is not a human sickness

To live as if the world belongs to us

It is a cultural sickness

Which is good news

Because we are humans

Before we are civilians

And can heal

And remember

And wake up

Because we belong to the world

And it takes such abundant care of us

And our people

When we stop trying to enslave it to us

And allow it to love

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