Culture, nature: the two rubbed against each other
until the arc of life was created.
Culture releases nature from its natural moderation, letting babel =
towers grow, letting spires become redder and redder, lavishly
while I dream of escaping this
complicated being with bridges and passages
transporting bodies around
increasingly fleeting and flexible patterns
I long for life to reveal itself to me, in all its simplicity
without luxury and infrastructure, without machismo and institutions
nature washes through
with excessive force. Culture is superfluous = luxury.
Culture is a vital obstacle for nature = ivory. It drains
the foundation so
have a base to stand on. Culture is necessary = nature is a luxury humans cannot afford.
Culture, nature: the two continue rubbing.