There are only dogs and snakes in my world, and I have to slither
To get past, and bark to get ahead, just so that
I won't go down in the stampede. We are all animals,
And our ancestors were apes. Machine animals with razor-teeth
And fur across their bellies. My cousins are cavemen,
But I do not see them, and they do not mind me, and they carry
Their burdens on their shoulders, like rocks.
A thousand years later, they'll be hunchbacks, but with
Lighter loads. Housemen. Homemen. I will follow,
With my jewel encrusted leash and my silver tongue,
A blindschlange, a dachshund. Snakedogsnake. And still I
This is no longer my world.