the limits of memory; the limits of imagination

I often wonder why we don’t have a group memory
Why we can’t remember what happened to our ancestors
how they lived, loved, and died
what they did with their time

What we have is writing, art, and language,
shared with understanding and intention
their existence and interpretations threatened by one despot or the next

changed during transcription, changed by time,
and our ability to understand what we have inherited
is subject to the limits of our own imaginations

our bodies carry a record written in code
a recipe for human life, human limbs, human memories
shared without understanding or intention
their existence and interpretations threatened by one despot or the next

changed during transcription, changed by time,
and our ability to understand what we have inherited
is subject to the limits of our own imaginations

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