Across the World – a Poem by Kate Rauner


Model of a wild human

Some humans left from Africa,
Walked past the Nile’s mouth;
Spread north and west and eastward
Before they could turn south.
South from today’s Bering Straight,
Wherever hunting led,
Twelve millennia ago
Through a New World spread.
Once Europe traveled westward
They met their ancient kin;
Too long apart, their sicknesses
Replaced the mortal sin.
They clashed as tribes have always,
And yet mankind survives;
Neotenized since Pleistocene,
Domesticated, thrives.

Inspired by National Geographic

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