Each month, write a new collection.
These Ancientslook, here it isthis is the originalit’s in his handwritingthe words and themusical notationsthis is so miraculouslypreserved. what is ita thousand years now?this is a true religiousexperience. he touchedthis - and in our hands nowcome on, you know the wordseveryone knows the wordssing it with me"I may not always love youBut long as there are stars above youYou never need to doubt itI'll make you so sure about itGod only knows what I'd be without you"
Love how that ends. I love that you incorporated that!
Yea, thanks. You can see what I was listening to today. I figure one day we will be the ancients.
Sherman's RingsYou were already an old manWhen Rome conquered the worldAnd your arms must have been tiredWhen it fell at its own handsYour waist was already wideWhen Cortez slaughtered the AztecsBet your feet were starting to acheAs he sailed away in triumphYour complexion was already fadingWhen Columbus discovered AmericaDid you wish you could just rest-as he ushered in a new age?Your height was already spellbindingWhen the colonists landed at PlymouthThe growing pains must have taxed youWhile they set the Thanks Giving tableYour foliage was already breathtakingWhen your namesake spilled Confederate bloodProtecting the creatures that lived belowAs he tied "neck ties" around your brothersYour presence was already loomingAs the Blitzkrieg knocked on England's doorYour strength unmatched by any otherWhen we stormed the beaches in FranceYour legacy was already secureWhen the Berlin Wall fellA testament of will and survivalAs the East reunited with the WestYour rings were already filled with historyThe day the Twin Towers went downBut your heart and soul pushes onYour very existence, an inspiration to man
That's great, and you did as I would have done, written about the Sherman Tree!
It's such a huge part of being Californian. .. how could I not?
It is puregoldThe coinevery collector dreams of acquiringThe double eagleTwenty dollarLibertyVintagecoinCirculated morethan 100 years agoWhat's it worth?$20 dollarsWhat's the investment worth?Depends on the qualityVery fineas low as 1200.00You can get a St. Gaudensfor about the same priceThe dealer showed me the cleaned double eagleI said, "sure, I'll think about it"
I've never even seen one and I've always wanted to!
What is our fascinationwith ancient things?Those we encounter are monumentsto endurance. They inspire usto keep showing up, to weather our edges, to soften but remain standing.The sea sponge, the drum, the wheel, the pyramidBut there are other ancient things that only whisper at usfrom the pages of books.They remind us how ordinaryis failure and obsolescence, temperingour expectations of life, others, ourselves. The dinosaur, the littu, the Antikythera Mechanism, the strip mall. We look down these corridors of history.Their paradox our unflinching companion.
Hey Lynne, I didn't see this until now. Great poem though. I love it!