Canto CLXXIII

The bones can sleep for millions of years
before they see the light of days again,
such transient days and yet they can appear

immense to the presumptious human brain.
These bones have known the patience of the earth,
their short-lived proteins turned to sombre stone,

and yet their coming steals away our breath
as we stumble upon the new truth horde,
and textbook pages turn as brown as leaves

as theorists dine upon their best known words.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:42:13

    I must be a bit dim tonight ‘cos I didn’t quite get this one.

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  2. Niall O'Sullivan
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 13:53:49

    Probably didn’t make it that clear. I had been having a chat with someone online about the first Homo sapiens in Europe. One of the biggest problems paleaoanthropology has is the projection of our current ideologies onto our history. There seems to be a real need to justify our current ethics and lifestyles based on the origin of our species. This poem is about how one find can throw things onto their head and destroy so many presumptions.

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  3. peter litton
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 10:28:24

    I watched a large group of kids fishing for crabs in a rock pool at Minis Bay last year. They rushed about, shared ideas, whooped when they pulled in a large crab and were totally absorbed in the hunt. The hunter gather model was evolutionary perfection for early homo-sapiens and it still is for us. I doubt whether early man felt any differently about life than we do now. I bet they had good days and shitty days.

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