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I Wonder

by Tony Whitaker

A magnitude of force greater than a bullet
orbits billions of bits of space debris
just to be hit by a pea-sized piece
brings decimation or death then continues free

No sound, no gravity to slow its pace
passes through most celestial faces
whether man or machine
destruction comes with infinite thrust
in the vacuum carrying this infinite dust

Three thousand pounds of meteors
fall from the skies each day
earth's history has much to say
as happened so many times before
one piece so large will certainly score

Then you and I will be no more

Ten million or so years from then
some other intelligence sits and grins
rubbing their archeologist's chin
finding our fossiled bones begins to ponder
“Was their world a better place?”

I wonder

03/22/2008

Posted on 03/22/2008
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/22/08 at 07:20 PM

Some pretty profound stuff, sir. Well done.

Posted by George Hoerner on 03/22/08 at 08:37 PM

Very nice write. There is a monologue I heard about an archeological dig a long time in the future. The dig is in "Nuyork" and one of the lines I love goes "these artifacts are now in the museum in Kenya. Another part describes "rock and roll" as a possible feast of communion. Again, nice write.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 03/26/08 at 01:09 PM

I too wonder. Good poem....CharMin

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