Cityscape by Jay Musler

Creation Myth

The Great Spirit cupped his hands

into clay and made a bowl of molten lava

(how like the hot center of earth).

It cooled into a deep winter sunset.

On its rim he placed all the plants

and birds and animals and people

(how like the thin crust of earth that holds

all life) but too soon it became all human

this rim of teeth where the humans

ate up the world with their high rises

skyscrapers, towers, all the many

ways they tried to reach the sky.

And the Great Spirit was sad.

So he sent the artist to tell us

We must change our lives.