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Archeology 101

“Until today, I always thought
that evil could not build, could not
hew wooden notch or pile up stone
or plant a seed or see it grown.

That sculptured face, to my surprise,
has fangs that drip, not eyes,
sheds only blood, not tears,
and scorns the passing of the years.

Delighting in a spreading stain,
a hollowed bone, a bursting brain,
in all the days from there to here,
it has been content to interfere.

That’s what I thought, until today,
when jungle leaves were pushed away
from this gigantic, green-eyed monument
to hatred, greed, and devilment."

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The implied speaker here is a young archeology student who is realizing that human history is not reassuring.

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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Comments

  • threepaths
    threepathsalmost 7 years ago

    very nice, great diction

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesalmost 7 years ago

    Thankyou, threepaths.

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature, Ushna.

    – Nancy Ames

  • PQRibber
    PQRibberover 4 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Well constructed, flowed nicely

  • Thanks, kalaryder.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Jenifer DeBellis
    Jenifer DeBellisabout 4 years ago


    It isn’t easy to write heroic couplets and not come across as cliché or overworked. Great word choice and imagery. This one flows down the page.

  • Thanks so much, Jenifer, both for the feature and for your thoughtful comment – yes, I really enjoy finding the rhyme and rhythm that is built into our great language and adapting it to current usage. English is so alive and flexible and fun.

    – Nancy Ames

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