UNIFORMITARIANISM

We should try to explain the past by causes now in operation 
without inventing extra, fancy, or unknown causes, 
however plausible in logic, if available processes suffice.
~Stephen J Gould

Catastrophe is rare and fancy:
earthquake, volcano,
asteroid, tornado.
Your mother dies.
Your lover leaves.

But commonly, too slow
for sense to comprehend,
the mountains are filling the valleys.
Leaves and bones return.
Grain by grain the ground
is sliding into the sea.

You hardly note
when winter dwindles.
Through dead grasses
green things softly rise.

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