A Paleontologist Contemplates Time - an artwork by T Newfields

Imagine our whole existence
& everything we’ve touched, heard, or seen
as a thin sediment layer
buried beneath a world
that’s forgotten us completely

Imagine ozone-depleted, amber skies
with continents in weird shapes
& coastlines where mountains once swallowed space

imagine the stars in places
no human eyes have seen
& all sandcastles of our civilization
scattered into thin layers of debris

What seem "real" and vivid today
in the twinkling of time
shall fade, fade, fade . . .