civilization only loves the living when they’re dead

For them:

One day when the ruins of these cities lay in sparkling shards around our feet

we will tenderly lift the lifeless bodies of those once alive

from their displays in museum basements and on library shelves, from the walls of restaurants, living rooms, and dens,

And we will dig sacred burial sites with ceremonial tools

and sing our apologies into their glassy eyes and frozen hooves.

We will place them tenderly in broken ground

and cover them with cool and ancient soil

where they belong.

We couldn’t love them while they lived

so we killed them or waited with bated breath
for their deaths

made them

frozen and stuffed

the same way we feel inside.

Because civilization only loves the living

when they’re dead.

May the wild ones run free again

someday.

Even in a dim museum hallway

he is beautiful.

Thank you for listening,
Love,
Natasha

photo by wilson alvarez

photo by wilson alvarez

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One response to “civilization only loves the living when they’re dead

  1. keep writing. awesome…

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