The Human Genre Project


joseph merrick’s bones

you are not an animal

the echo of your words
shames us
strips us bare of all
that makes us human

you are not an animal

we carry your pain
in our disfigurement

we are
misshapen
in our calcified
mausoleum

we are just bones
mistaken

you are not an animal

you can reason
you can forgive

look closely see
how we hang here

naked and forlorn

can you remember
how we possess

how we connect
your every moment

you are not an animal

we are dense
and misguided

we are trying
to give you a
gift of the

gods

Angie Werren