Friday, July 19, 2019

The Athabascan Glacier

look around, and see

millions of years ago, our australopithecan forebears 
discovered how to stand erect on the savannahs,
giving them an evolutionary advantage,
for we could see further,
and we could climb trees to see even further
and protect ourselves,
our hands could then fashion our tools,
and, together with our brains, give us dominion,

I see many now looking down at our phones,
lost in a world that can miss the big picture
that we started getting millions of years ago on the savannah,

our technology can easily allow us
to enlarge our soul, our sense of self,
Google can help us answer many questions if we but ask,

I fear how easily we can instead
stick our head into the sand of our devices,
and lose the future because we don’t see the present,

we visit the Columbia Icefield 
in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada,
the glacier is magnificent but it diminishes so very very quickly,
even compared to our mayfly-like life-spans:
the truth is glaring, and it is not a liberal conspiracy.

Glacier July 2019

Extent of glacier in 1992

Extent of glacier in 1948, the year I was born.

The extent of the glacier in 1908


by Henry H. Walker
July 16, ‘19

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