THE FOSSIL

BENEATH THE HARDENED EARTH
BETWEEN COMPRESSED STRATA OF ROCK
EONS OF TIME HOLD THE FORM CAPTIVE.
ERODING SLOWLY FROM THE MATRIX
SUNLIGHT AND WATER EVENTUALLY BREAK IT FREE.
FINALLY, EXPOSED
THE FOSSIL
IS REVEALED TO SEARCHING EYES.
PERHAPS THIS FRAGMENT OF THE FOSSIL RECORD HAS BEEN HIDDEN
-TRAPPED IN HARDENED LAYERS FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS.
BUT NOW THE REMNANT CAN BE COLLECTED
AND PRIZED
IF THIS TRACE OF WHAT ONCE LIVED IS FOUND
-BEFORE IT TOO MAY BE DESTROYED
BY THE ERODING ELEMENTS THAT SET
THE FOSSIL FORM FREE.



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