In the the world before there was fire,
We sat, cold and shivering,
In our caves,
Waiting for a lightning strike.
A gift from the gods,
To carry home in ceremony,
That must be protected and fed,
Lest we spend another night in the cold.
In prayer we surrounded it, in love
For this mysterious blessing
That kept us from the night
Made our desperate hunts
Less risky in their prize
Knowing food would come
With less danger of deathly disease.
They said our ancestors made it from sticks
The elders, the storytellers ,
But in these damp lands
Of ruined towers
Great stone and metal precipices
Best avoided for fear of predators
There were little enough.
Once, we stretched towards the stars,
In stories, passed down,
We stretched too far,
Brought the god’s wrath upon us,
Filled great cities with poison
That great beasts fed upon.
We brought it upon ourselves,
So now we hide,
Last refugees of a dead race.
We search for lightning strikes,
Before the rain takes the bounty away from us,
Our brave hunters travel far.
For fuel and food and fire,
The last carried back as precious
As any of the rocks our ancestors cherished,
To be held in ceremony,
In the depths of our catacombs,
The hearth of our final days.
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