Tuesday, 12 March 2013

It Was Here

Meal Beach, Burra Isles, Shetland by Robin Gosnall

It was here,
long ago in time before,
Earth wept a sea of salty tears
and from within
this briny broth, a genesis,
and life began, emerged,
crept inquisitively upon the shore;  
primitive, 
it evolved became mankind 

diminutive

Anna :o]

With thanks to Tess at The Mag for the inspiration.
Also entered at dVerse Open Link Night - hosted by the lovely Claudia.  
(Would love to share a cup of tea Claudia!)

33 comments:

Brian Miller said...

if that was how time began, i would like to have been there to watch the first crawl out the sludge....if nothing else you have to imagine the tide have been here forever...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anna .. the seas churned and life evolved ... this is a wonderful view of early life and early man ...

Loved it - thanks - Hilary

Heidi said...

Hi Anna, this was wonderful. I love the sharp images telling the story. It works wonderfully with the prompt. What a cool subject for your poem.

Other Mary said...

Do you think Earth cried because she knew how mankind would turn out? This is thoughtful and elegant Anna - well done you!

Kutamun said...

The mind boggles, 250 billion years. Whoa. They recently found fossils of massive sea monsters in outback queensland , a little place called Eronmanga , shes old hey ?

Sue said...

Really enjoyed this take on the prompt. And the quiet, concise way you told the story.

Lovely.

=)

Celestial Dreamz said...

interesting! I wish I had been there to watch it :)

Green Speck said...

Wow ... what a lovely story !!!

ayala said...

A thoughtful poem!

Margaret said...

salty tears...

Think of all the life that has come and gone! Nice.

ADDY said...

Wish I'd been there!

Theresa Milstein said...

Great minds think alike. I just used "briny breath" for another poem that used ocean imagery. Not the one on my blog, but one I submitted to a magazine.

I like your take, taking us back to the beginning.

Grace said...

I specially like this:

Earth wept a sea of salty tears

Wishing you happy day ~

Cressida de Nova said...

Interesting poem.This means we are all part fish:)

ninotaziz said...

Evolution - I was just commenting on Kutamun's - there are chapters in old Malay legends that refer to life under the sea...

The Malay Annals is based on manuscripts written over 500 years ago - a fusion of historical fact and mythology over a millennia.

Will we ever know...

Brudberg said...

I love this story of Genesis story.. beautiful.

Sabio Lantz said...

A fun evolutionary biology poem -- great way to make science more palatable to some folks, I'd imagine. We should build a collection of such things -- "Science Inspired Poetry"!

New evidence points a comet tails as the breeding ground of the molecules needed for life on this planet. Life may have come from outside in a sense -- it just landed in the sea? Fun stuff -- thanks for a poem to get me thinking.

aka_andrea said...

Love this and what a gorgeous photo!

Victoria said...

Quite a beautiful telling of the story of evolution/creation. I especially love the line about earth weeping salty tears. Deep sigh.

Carrie Burtt said...

A beautiful evolution here Ana!....Lovely!

Tess Kincaid said...

The image of earth weeping is just beautiful...

Claudia said...

love how you capture the magic...and oh it would be lovely to share a cup of tea with you...smiles

Little Nell said...

Now this is a clever take on the prompt. You drew a perfect picture of the beginning of life. I really like it.

rumoursofrhyme said...

Lovely way of presenting the theory of evolution...

Mama Zen said...

Absolutely perfect!

Arron Shilling said...

a highly evolved peace :)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Thank you for your kind and welcome comments folks.

Brian ~ it is a view of how life began my friend. The Universe continues to evolve and we can observe this on our own planet and in our own galaxy – and parts of it die a natural death – as in the future will our planet – maybe sooner than expected with mans influence… (Man is so small in the scheme of things – but the impact of his presence on this world of ours – so unbelievably large…)

Have the tides always been here? No. Interesting piece here in which the author agrees that science and religion do share common ‘beliefs’ - even if differently presented…

And of course (in human evolution) there is Neanderthal man to mess up the Adam and Eve beginnings…

Other Mary ~ I do think Earth wept for this very reason…

Kutamun ~ the mind boggles indeed (at the history of evolution). I found a fossil forever printed in limestone at Berwick many years ago when holiday there with my family. Estimates are that it is 330 million years old!

Cressida ~ perhaps we are! Please see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15591343
and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/news_details.php?year=2004&news_id=346

Sabio ~ I had read this too (subscribe to PhysOrg) and googled further. ‘Creation’ is fascinating stuff and I don’t know the answer. Where is the beginning of the beginning? How can we explain it? Religion – who made God? Science – where did the ‘Big Bang’ gasses come from? Oh – I just love it!

Anna :o]

Dave King said...

Magical! Love this -- a superb response to the prompt.

Friko said...

What, you’re not a believer in intelligent design?

Great treatment of the prompt, and a very good poem.

deeps said...

short.. but makes one think...
well, we never know how it all began :P maybe...

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Thanks for your welcome comments Dave, Friko and deeps.

Friko - No, I don't believe in intelligent design for if this were so, surely birth defects and disease shows a lack of intelligence...?

Anna o]

alicekeysmd said...

I like the oceanic images of life.

Jyoti Mishra said...

beginnings..
we always wonder how it all started.. we have so many theories and often we find them all fascinating..