Mammoth wakes up

20 Dec

There is talk about a mammoth being cloned. That’s when a mammoth murmered in my brain.

photo: Eric (Buddha Rocks Project)

excuse me, what is the way to the river that I once sipped

when the ice broke and welcomed?

I can’t help think that these lands were all mine

replaced now by new tapestry, civilization you call it?


stone in the earth now on top of it

water in pipes, endlessness demarcated  direction


all ways mine Then.


would like to see your dead Father smile?

what would he say when he saw you now?

disappointment  a flood


immortality lock me up in a gene

I can not grow to touch a cloud

and be chained like your festival elephant

fools resonating to drums and gods,

Extinction evolution best.


© neelthemuse,2011


Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Day to day


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14 responses to “Mammoth wakes up

  1. simon7banks

    December 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    There is an argument for recreating the mammoth species since it was almost certainly driven to extinction by us. Technically it would be easier than, say, mastodon or sabre-toothed tiger because closer relatives exist today. But man has driven thousands of species extinct (faster than ever right now) and whereas for some – say the only native North American parrot, the Carolina Parakeet, or the Great Auk, or the Tasmanian Wolf, the habitat is still undoubtedly available, for mammoth, as you suggest, it’s dubious if it still exists in sufficient expanses.


  2. Evelyn

    December 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    “immortality lock me up in a gene

    I can not grow to touch a cloud”
    nice…love these lines…


  3. Eric

    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I like the resolution at the end to let nature take its course. Nice one, Neel!


  4. granbee

    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    “immortality lock me up in a gene I can not grow to touch a cloud”: what a wonderful image of a past creature’s DNA being locked up in a labratory, never to truly reach immortality.” A great deal of wisdom about our own desires to “live on …in my children….in my bequests….in my published works…in WHATEVER: how that chains us up in a cage of our own making!


  5. Betty Hayes Albright

    December 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Very thought provoking… and so full of truth. I hope the day will never come that we succeed in trying to clone ancients creatures that roamed the earth. They would be miserable, and we would be exploiters of a time long gone. Your last line says it all!

    (Now when it comes to saving present creatures from civilization’s errors and lack of foresight, that’s another story… I hope the polar bear does not go the way of those great mammoths…)


  6. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I’m glad you mentioned the polar bear…such a magnificent creature. Glad you found some truth in the poem Betty…


  7. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Loved the way you connected that line to the cages we build…so insightful, granbee!


  8. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Thank you Eric…I wanted to put in a mammoth picture(you have many of those as well), but then I thought about the reader imagining the mammoth walking through landscape….and decided against it.


  9. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Thank you Evelyn!


  10. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Your comment gives the poem a lot more context. Thank you Simon!


  11. claudia

    December 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

    somehow this painted some ice age scenes before my mind’s eyes.. but you go far beyond mammoths here i think, touching a general topic which leaves me with food to ponder on


  12. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 5:47 am

    It’s wonderful isn’t it Claudia to think about what the world must have been before civilization, the frightening endlessness that turned us into security obsessed organizers?


  13. Caddo Veil

    December 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I’m struck by the words “tapestry” and “civilization”–interesting used in such close proximity, I doubt I’d have seen it that way.


  14. neelthemuse

    December 28, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Thank you Caddo and Season’s greetings!



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