Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ashes and Dust

Paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument

Some look to the past 
as if reading fractured bones 
can predict the future 
better than tea leaves.

Looking for the footprint of God
Looking for the spark of life

Some pick and mold and touch
and smile with wonder
at the magnificent puzzles
left behind for us to solve.


Did the owners
of these bones
have the sentience
and think they could rule 
their future world,
before the star bombs and volcanoes
tossed them again and again
choking their skies with ashes and dust?

Will looking into the past
save us from
the wars about to come
down around our ears
tossing bodies of man and child
and then 
covering them/us in ashes and dust?

Is our future written in our past? 
Is it too frightening for most to accept that we are only visitors in this universe?

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i think it is neat because it connects us to a great expanse of time...i have always been fascinated with archeology....

Brian Miller said...

i think it is neat because it connects us to a great expanse of time...i have always been fascinated with archeology....

Kat said...

It's a little spookey when you put it like that. ;)

messymimi said...

Visitors of pilgrims, just passing through.

Red said...

That's a very thoughtful piece. We are lucky visitors here and we are destroying a beautiful place.

Linda Reeder said...

It's a good thing our significance is in ourselves and not in our importance in the universe.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I've always known it is only the grace of God that allows me to be in this place n time, n have a family.

We are all Dust in the Wind, as the Kansas song goes...

Celia said...

And brief visitors at that.

ellen abbott said...

We will be very brief visitors if we don't stop poisoning our air, water, dirt, and food.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice and peaceable