Evolution This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 29, 2009
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we evolved from nothing.
given only our ground as platform
we struggled to walk on two feet
watched a ball of light rise and set on
either side
of something we eventually named “horizon”
and a moon that changed shape from crests into spheres
come nightfall

we were given plains
empty and vast never-ending in each direction
and rolling rock
glaciers of ice toward our northern pole
and strobes of heat at our south

we were given life
in the composition of creatures, humans,
and breath
and chose names for the bodies of water
that separated our continents –
titled them Atlantic, Indian, Pacific
and divided further into cities (Singapore
and Rome)
areas and territories based on factors
such as jewels and belief, color and race

fed ourselves from the soil we were given
and swallowed fruits from seeds where clementines grew
perplexed but without hindrance

began to untangle dialect
record history on the bark (the browns of trees)
and make what little we knew then known now
began to build
to use two god-given hands to form structures and stability
for our children’s children from irons and ores
with hopes of moving society forward (and to survive) and did just that

that and more and continued to make

establish government and before or after
all of this

decipher the difference between days
declared Sunday a day of rest and worship

and found ways to manipulate language to form poetry or song
twisted fate and misled death into thinking
“it wasn’t its time”

And to think – we have evolved

From nothing into this

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bEllAhOPe said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Interesting... however, this is evolution as my science book puts it. You are stating facts?

Nicely written. Fair work.

xMeadowx said...
May 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Gosh, you've got talent. I very much enjoyed it, as I have your other writings.
KiNABABE said...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Truthwillprevial said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm
My only issue with this is that its difficult to tell whether you are siding with Creationism or the idea of Evolution.
~blackrose~ said...
Aug. 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm
i have to agree with everyone so far! totally beautiful and is truly an inspiration. you give us new thought to what we look at each and every day. well done keep up the good work!!
Lacey D. said...
Aug. 15, 2009 at 1:24 am
Wow. Now That Was Amazing. I've Never Thought Of Us Like That, -Claps- Congratulations. You Have An Awesome Ability In Writing -Poetry-. Like You Probably Have Heard That Before. (:
raychull1513 said...
Jul. 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm
i totally agree with foolslikeme, youve made our evolution and light destruction of our natural resources sound like miracles. its very moving and well, poetic:)
MorningStar15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 26, 2009 at 1:18 am
good job its wonderful
Melinda L. said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 12:05 am
this is beautiful. it's one of the best poems I have ever read.
LilJ<3 said...
Jul. 13, 2009 at 8:38 pm
Great job. i love how u laid the poen out and started from the very beginning to the end, where we are now. Great job keep writting you can only get better! :)
foolslikeme said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm
i like this. to me, it turns what some people see as destruction into something beautiful.
bobbie S. said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 8:13 am
this would have to be one of the best poem's i have heard in a while,
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