Before Abraham Was I Am

Before Abraham Was I Am short poem

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(A Versification of the Evoluted Past in the Convoluted Present Tense)

Once upon a billion aeons ago,
When mucks are gene pools of protozoa;
Long before Ape is the forebear of Abraham
And amoeba the forebear of ape-man, I am…

A micro-byte of a smudge;
I ooze in, I ooze out sludge.
Light effloresces on my skin;
I glow into a glob of gelatin.

I severally divide and multiply,
I slit-split into twos; in zillions I ply
The primordial slime: I suck
And suckle on uncultured muck.

Murky years pass, late than soon,
I gorge me into ‘protozoon’.
I grow filaments; I roundly swim
And feed on fellows ‘protozim’.

Generations pass in the slow blink
Of an ill-formed eye; I slither-slink,
Grow gill-lungs in sun-soaked brine,
And breathe air of rain-soaked shine.

My androgynous brothers take roots on land,
My amorphous sisters lay eggs in twigs and sand:
Though Nature is select,
I elect to walk erect –

I stride roughshod on two-footed-falls,
Legs gangly astride two corpulent balls;
Thighs astraddle a cock of insolent stub,
I dangle erect an alpha-male-size club.

I grow a brain coconut size
I eat, sleep and strategize;
I kill with consummate ease,
Rape and mutilate where I please.

I harem and fornicate;
I wage wars and dominate;
The little ‘I am that I am’ of the earth,
I am the least that is the first.

O First Cause and God of Abraham,
Before Father Abraham was, I am
Amoeba in water, ape-man on land:
I devolve as I evolve into degenerate man.

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