as has been predicted
we are down on all fours
eating sand — smooth
pink, hard graveled,
laden with plastic and glass,
oil-caked: whatever we find
we swallow because we must
eat or die. we are down on all fours
drinking sewage or other foulness
because all we have left is foulness.
drown in scent and hard swallow.
this is how we see ourselves now.
as has been predicted on all fours,
understanding slightly more
of what that’s like. there were so many
who told us it would come to this
and now we semi-get it but we still think
we will rise up in a bit and things
will return to normal. we only semi-get it
as was predicted. this is normal now.
we will have to be down a long time,
longer than this, if we are ever to rise.
those who’ve lived here on all fours longer
stretch and prepare. as was predicted.
as their time down is done. if there will be
a rising at all they are ready. we remain
on all fours though they will lift us.
if we let them.
if we can vomit that poison.
if we take note of what has been predicted.