The Life of Life

Like sharks emerging

from cyanobacteria, we are 3.4

billion years in the making:

the same respiration, the same

histories, the same extinctions.

As stewards of fire,

our lungs are hot

with the making of flames,

as the same glow that comes
from the bottom of the ocean-
where the stromatolites burn away-
is held for us without knowing.

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