REMINDER: Thanks to everyone who has responded to my survey posted on the 18th. Here’s the link: https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/tell-me-about-yourself/ . If you haven’t had time to check the circles that apply to you, I hope you’ll take a few minutes soon to do it.
REMINDER: If you plan to post a poem this month, remember that the word is CHANGE and the cutoff for submissions is next Monday, the 25th, at 10:00 CST.David
One of the poems I worked on in Florida was my contribution to the October Word of the Month Challenge. Here’s my offering. I hope you enjoy it.
Changing with the Times
by David L. Harrison
Three hundred million years ago,
in a Paleozoic sea,
a lily-like crinoid died.
Collapsing onto the sandy floor,
the frail corpse began
the tedious transmogrification
into a fossil.
Along its journey through time
entombed in compressed sand,
the crinoid joined a limestone shelf
below the deepest roots of a piney forest.
Water droplets seeping down,
soaking acid from bits
of leaves and animal rot,
came to it there in the dark.
Rock of such loose heritage –
hardly a match for water sourly disposed –
lost molecule by molecule
(as millenniums etched by)
to a fledgling cave.
The crinoid’s atoms washed downstream
on subterranean currents
where they eventually returned,
after too many twists and turns to relate,
to the sea.