A Paleontologist Contemplates Time - an artwork by T Newfields
Imagine our whole existence
& everything we’ve touched, heard, or seen
as a thin sediment layer
buried beneath a world
that’s forgotten us completely

Imagine ozone-depleted, yellowish skies
with continents in weird shapes
& coastlines where mountains once swallowed space

Finally
imagine the stars in places
no human eyes have seen
& the sandcastles of our civilization
scattered into thin layers of debris

What seem "real" and vivid today
in the twinkling of geologic time
shall fade, fade, fade