I was the first born. Before the the mountains had rose from the sea, before the clouds hung in the sky, I came first. My brother was the tree, who provided me with its fruit. Animal was my brother too, feared and respected, watched and observed.
The second born saw what I, the first born, had and craved it for himself. The mountain rose with his anger, as did the clouds. The water started to foam and has not stopped since.
No longer do we treat my first born brothers with the respect that we once gave one another. Now we herd them, both for their meat and for their fruit, until we have destroyed utterly the life that we had always lived.
I used to hold the sacred mud in my hand, and I could feel the fertility in its wet embrace. Now I weep as the mud has become sodden with black earth blood, leeching the ground and contaminating the green grasses and wild animals.
We herd the land now too, parceling it off into smaller divisions that breed anger and jealously, war and hate. No longer do we eat facing each other, we eat alone.
Our music, once shared, has now become a singular pursuit in the contours of our identity.
I weep for myself. I weep for suburbia.
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