Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Phytoliths



Phytoliths from Catalhoyuk TP Area
The reeds decay, the wheat decays, and all
The silica preserves within the ground.
Remains of binding, and mats that lie beneath
Many a summer’s children dead and gone
A type of immortality -
Organics wither slowly in time’s arms
Here in the quiet depths of the earth
A white impression yet shows what once has been
A hidden record of the past
Deposited, now soon to be revealed.



Behold! This opal shadow, once a plant;
A fascinating glimpse into past choices
For fuel and crafts and fodder we can see
Phytoliths from Catalhoyuk South Area
A diverse array of use other than food!
I asked thee “show me your secrets”
Then didst thou grant mine asking with a glance
Through concave lens of ‘scope
Opal shapes, reveal the truth
Of all that was, in ashes.

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