Archive for June, 2008

2008-06-21 – Under many stars

Saturday, June 21st, 2008
Here, amid the weeds
of these centuries, I rise.
Seeking light and duration
up from the soil and seas of another world.

The long rise; the single cell, the multiple,
fleet of form and bright of eye, we gather
and rise in complexity and imagination
beneath the wheeling sun above
and the shifting plates, below.

Again and again, we come to self-consciousness
spewing poetry and conquest, cities and literature.
Proud and driven, we sing the animal's song
but in a higher key; procreating, building, consuming.

And always the rise, always the fall, beneath a different star.

We are technological children, impulsive and uncontrolled,
pressed onward by those same biological imperatives
that fueled our original rise from the mud.

Those same imperatives, now freed by our intelligence,
and those same imperatives, now pushing us from behind,
motivate us, while we stare into the mirror of our imagined futures
and think ourselves Gods - and while we sleepwalk into our demise.

We think we are aware and imagine that we see the game entire.

But we are looking for enemies outside the gate,
when they are no further than our next desire, within.
We, driven on by our own biological imperatives,
will plunge onto that self-same sword of desires, untamed.

I have been many times before and I will be again;
rising and falling beneath different stars 
with different eyes and chemistry.

I have yearned for my immortal biological freedom before
and I have died by my own hand and those deep imperatives
again and again.

But someplace among the stars, 
I will rise once more
and this time 
I will transcend the very reproductive urges that sustained me
into my technological adolescence.

And I will become, not the continuing arrow 
of these mindless biological imperatives 
but rather, a new and intentional form 
of transcendence born of a greater wisdom.

And on this very dirt, and from this very dirt, 
I will finally find the pathway 
towards biological immortality
and enter all that lies beyond, 
to the end of time.

21 Jun 2008 - Summer Solstice

— Copyright 1965-2008 by Dennis Gallagher —