Homo Habilis

We mastered the earth dragon’s old scales first.
Produced a great click for your hominid species,
Before the age of snow, we mothered sharp flakes
Scattered them like spoor over our territory’s hide.
Tell-tale signs of something unique; original time
Managers, increased rates of carrion consumption
We invented fast food nations, a raw experiment.
Our brains super-sized, clumsy rendezvous in the
Back seat of evolution’s jalopy. Bone suspensions
Jolted us all over the ghost road, we clung to stone.
We didn’t share in your kind’s hand authority at all,
Dominant paws sunk poniard teeth into brainspace.
Twiggy you named me after your fashion; small girl
Sizes fitted us; a transition between adult & human.

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Australiopithecus afarensis

I was the original Lucy in the sky with diamonds
My little skull ore precious in your evolution’s eye.
What separated us from the others? A small sideways
Movement, a wind correction of change, an almost
Human balance, we toddler-clung to the great trees,
Toes fishing for the ground, breathing for the clicks
Of big cats, the pant of fur, the forage of whiskers.
On the outside, new orbits swung round us, the age
Of grass erupted, rains spurred on spears, insects gave
Way to us as we eased ourselves down, took everything
In. At night we retreated to piled nests, our fear of lows
Forgotten, height-safe at last. We stood, to get a better
View they say, a kaleidoscope of forward facing eyes
In stereo; genetic clocks chimed, stirring head bones.

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