Wednesday, January 18, 2017


"The story becomes one of persistent loss,"
Quoth Henry Gee, considering vertebrate
Evolution. Rudimentary succeeds

More highly derived and complexified traits.
Life pulses up the taxonomic levels,
Up the ratchet of invention and breaking

Down again, advancing new simplicities.
There is a kind of breathing to everything
Living, even ideas and technologies.

When we were young we learned best by forgetting
We'd become simpler and remember again.

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