Of Their Own Time Immemorial, poetry by Jackie Oldham at Spillwords.com
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Of Their Own Time Immemorial

Of Their Own Time Immemorial

written by: Jackie Oldham

 

On the walls of caves,
Stick figures of people
Fending off, then herding
Animals;

In stone hieroglyphs
Adorning the walls of pyramids and
Sepulchers,
Temples and cathedrals,
Graveyards and mausoleums;
Honoring their living and their dead
Heroes and gods;

Neon lights on the sides of
Skyscrapers reaching up to the Heavens–
Eat at Joe’s
1 million served
Best hotel, apartment building,
Financial institution
In the city
In the nation
In the world
In the known universe.

Digital recordings of human endeavors
Flung out into the far reaches
Of the universe
Announcing our presence
To billions of stars
That shine their own brilliant reflections

Back at us.

Jackie Oldham

Jackie Oldham

Jackie Oldham (she/her) is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. Her personal blog, baltimoreblackwoman (WordPress), about life and family in her hometown, is now beginning its 8th year. Since 2018, her focus has shifted to poetry. Six of her poems have been published in the last year: “Golem Emet”, “Just Another Covid Saturday”, “I Don’t Want to Play The ‘Capitol’ Edition of Clue™”, “The Forgotten Mask”, “Brood X Symphony (The 17-Year Cicadas)”, and “Our Latest Fashion Accessories…”
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