Thursday, 7 March 2013

Palaeo poem pair

A couple of things that are new to me, but even older than Bruce Forsyth...

Ode to a Fossilised Mayfly

Mesh-wings sandstone-pressed,
Twin tails hair-curled,
Body laid flat,
Segmented, mineralised,
Lived, bred and died in one short day,
And lasting a hundred million years.


Silurian sea-lily,
Stem of stacked stone coins,
Discs mill-edged,
Tentacles caught and flower-pressed,
Proto-Doric fallen columns,
Rock-red segments tumble,
And remain,
Slowly sediment-laid.

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