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A thousand names
out of all humanity
all the uncounted ancestors
just a thousand
a thousand names
whose deeds we remember
Cetshwayo Sun-Tzu Curie Akhnaten
Leading riders over veldt
or peering through a glass
or building in stone or word
to conquer men
to conquer atoms
to conquer death
or back to times so remote
we call the named ones god
Osiris Guanyin Quetzalcoatl Loki
a thousand names
to carry all of history’s weight
all the weight of all the souls
all of the hundred billion souls
who ever lived
but we remember just
a thousand names

NaPoWriMo 21
Prompt: dream or disconnected imagery. This was literally a dream.

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