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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.