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Evolution MAG

April 12, 2008
By Elizabeth Crowell, Maitland, FL

They tried to teach me about Australopithecines
and the fossil record, Homo habilis and
the Cro-Magnon man, the Leakeys and
footprints in the ashes.
It all slipped from my fingers like
a slippery bar of soap in the shower –
except for those footprints.
I remembered the footprints because they
represented life, not death.
But as for the rest, who really cares?
Some people seemed very concerned
(something about God and Eve and mitochondria),
but why does it matter?
No one from that time is alive now,
except for maybe a few giant clams
(unless the scientists have killed them all).
What really matters now isn’t
the evolution of a species, but rather
the evolution of the individual. Like how I
once wanted to be a ballerina,
but now I want to be a professor,
or how my sister didn’t like to eat fish
until a few years ago.

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LunaLives GOLD said...
on Nov. 21 2010 at 2:20 pm
LunaLives GOLD, South Bend, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Because I can!-Me "Life is a choice and death is a decision"-Lil Wayne

I have to agree..

Abcdefg said...
on Nov. 10 2010 at 9:46 pm

I understand that it may not matter for you, but certainly matters for knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

And I found your comment about scientists rather offensive. Modern scientists are some of the MOST respectful of people towards nature.

on Sep. 10 2010 at 6:56 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

This is great! I love how it offers a whole new perspective to the general idea of evolution in the science sense :)

Yoyo96 said...
on Jun. 4 2010 at 11:24 am
Yoyo96, Lake Station, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile."
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there"

Good poem, and great meaning. But I didn't really like the ending....but that's just me. Good Job!

Eilatan GOLD said...
on Jun. 4 2010 at 5:27 am
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

This is really powerful! i love the ending, it leaves it on such a mysterious note, that's a part of a true poet. this is phenomenal, it belongs on the pages of the New Yorker. amazing.

E. H. said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 4:58 pm
E. H., W. Newton, Massachusetts
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This is an awesome poem. I like its matter-of-fact, unpretentious tone; it really says something, instead of hiding behind flourishes of words. The very last line ("or how my sister ...") is just lovely.

sanra SILVER said...
on Feb. 21 2009 at 7:30 pm
sanra SILVER, Far Rockaway, New York
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This writing is very good.

It makes me wonder of how people always change their opinion about things

on Nov. 22 2008 at 7:15 am
I very much enjoyed this, esp. the ending.