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Without Us • Posted: Jan 27, 2020 09:47:21Comments WelcomeVote CoolPhotoblogsPurchase a PrintShare





Dawn breaks across all land,
     despite us and without us.
Cold cold has been this night.
All the molecules
     of water, air, and soil
     have quieted their
     agitation,
     acquiesced to cooling,
     clung to each other
     within crystals
     that shimmer bright
     by this cold clear
     morning’s light.
No single molecule
     proclaims majesty
     over others.
No single molecule
     cowers in dread
     of all its brothers.
Self-interest is level,
     uniformly
     accommodating
     throughout the realm.
Their creed:
     Enjoy what warmth there is
     when heat is nigh.
     Make new friends
     when heat retreats.
Their world, their creed,
     was born of them
     and has sustained
     since long before
     we did ever come.
And will sustain,
     despite us and without us,
     for long long long time,
     well after we have gone,
     returned to soil and air,
     and to crystals that shimmer
     by radiant light
     on cold cold
     cold cold mornings bright.

Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Badlands National Park
SD
USA