Spread Across the Walls

legacies are one thing
spread across the walls
of caves
on boxcars
preserved, revered
traveling day and night
but words
those most elevated
that is, always
subject to interpretation
wandering, one press to another
black ink spread across white paper
yet fungible, translated
like germs blown across
continents and oceans
libraries, classrooms
penetrating, infecting
human brains
exactly like
invading hosts that walk
the earth until they don’t