Thirteen Ways of
Looking at Mankind

lily weber

 



I

Made of the Earth
Some from rib.
Rules do not apply to Mankind.


II

Remnants of the past,
Mankind lost its hair.
Now bald, bears no resemblance,
To his father the ape.

 

III

Conquerors of the sea,
Travelers seek more mankind.

 

IV

Mankind is one,
Mankind is many.
Mankind is made by one.
Mankind is made of many.

 

V

Beautiful ellipse of a dancers twirl,
The balance of the tightrope walker,
The cosmos is alive in Mankind.

 

VI

Selfish parasites,
They reap all they can from their brothers
The seas are empty
Their bellies are full.

 

VII

Tall trees,
Do you not see Mankind,
the tiny ants
Trying to destroy you at your feet?
Step on them
And rid yourself of the trouble.

VIII

Do you not see Mankind,
the tiny ants
Trying to destroy you at your feet?
Step on them
And rid yourself of the trouble.

IX

When Mankind finally expired,
It marked the edge of potential,
An edge in which we were within,
And nature was beyond.

X

Mankind was made of empathy.
To feel what others feel,
To see what others see.
To see with eyes that do not blink or sleep.
Do not let those eyes go blind.

XI

What a tragic love,
The ship fell in love with the rocks
Mankind is the ship,
Mankind is also the rocks.

XII

She tried to change lanes,
It felt as though all of mankind,
The good, the bad, and the ugly,
Were on the road that day.

XIII

Trying to find the face of Mankind
Is to search for God.



Lily Weber is a sophomore at Cabrini University. She is a Writing and Graphic Design double major. She enjoys conversations about feminism, politics, and our ultimate mortality as a species. She's also a lot of fun at parties.