DISCOVERING AN AMMONITE
found you, pretty ammonite, cast down from wave lashed cliffs
close to spade and bucket beaches, sun block creams and tourist gifts.
With just a single hammer crack I split your rocky prison that
held you fast since last you swam in warm, Cretaceous shallow seas,
Before the deaths of dinosaurs, before that asteroid had roared
fiery message of damnation.
might your eyes have seen back then, my spiral, patterned friend?
you once hunted by the savage mosasaur, or did you spend
time in fear of other things - the gliding shadow of the wings
Of giant pterosaurs, that soared above quick darkened waves, on course
For home beside that ancient sea, where rainbow flowers and greenery
their sunny, bright location?
I wonder, pretty ammonite, if you once saw the flash -
blinding light of mass extinction, screaming wind and fire, which smashed
Your balmy world to kingdom come. Is that when you sank down, as one
Of trillions of your kind, to find your rest in sediment and mud,
be compressed down into rock, until I ventured to unlock -
[As witnessed by a man, a child, a dog, all curious and all agog]
Aeons of stony isolation?
Discovering an Ammonite [2:26] - soundscape composed by Richard
Hill and Paul Hill
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