Congratulations to OLD SCRATCH PRESS founding member Robert Fleming, whose poem “we were before waring,” featured in impspired was a Delaware Press Award winner.
WAY TO GO ROBERT!
we were before waring
we wore hair keratin like baboons &
knocked our chests like gorillas
we wore skin like zebras &
bent-over to water like wilder-beasts
we wore muscle like lions &
paw swatted flies like bears
we wore bones like swine &
dug dirt worms like robins
we wore blood like falcons &
taloned on branches like pigeons
we wore fig leaves like chameleons &
hide motionless like a rat out-preying an ambush snake
you named us Adam & Eve
we were before words
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