Each of you envisioned the future
Before you were born, spoke it
Into amniotic fluid. The umbilical cord
Carried the word no farther than
The mother. The walls of her uterus
Protected not just you, but the world
Outside from knowledge that would
Bring it to its knees in despair.
Each of you radiated bright rays
Of heat that someday would warm
Or burn everything you cared for.
Fingers reached for what you wanted
To make mine, to exchange
The unbridled power of prophecy
For surrender to carnal desire,
Scorching that which eluded you.
Each of you vibrated with music
As a heart began to beat. In time,
For music stolen from brothers
To that purchased, you will
Pay dearly. Some you will borrow
Until you grow beyond it. Any you
Claim as your own will be vines
Sprawling out of all that came before.