Sunday, June 28, 2015

know the past and imagine the futures

life’s backstories

geology can fill in the backstory
while the page on which we live
can easily lie to us of constancy,
we don’t live long enough to readily see
how a stream carves a mountain or rounds a rock,
I want to see volcanoes for there change is obvious,

biology fills in the backstory of natural selection and evolution
that it is easy to deny when life can feel perfectly constant,

we need to live in the moment,
but we need to know the past
and to imagine the futures
so that we make the best decisions today
to allow our grandchildren’s grandchildren
to live and thrive in their present moments. 

by Henry H. Walker
June 23, ’15

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