flint, stone, bone, antler. Now,
what fool wants to be buried
with ivory beads and clay pots?
No more communal burials with women
crying over barrows. Each man to his own
grave, and as many grave goods
as he can muster. Tools beget weapons
beget coins beget jewelry
and there’s no end to want,
want trade spreads like disease.
Copper tastes like blood in the lungs
when one is running in fear.
The adults become enamored of shiny things
tasting of blood, become enamored
of reflections. Women dream
in their dwellings but not yet of Midas—
of mirrors, not yet of their children’s
children’s children singing inside
flying buttresses, and sky-high walls of glass.