Evidence Of Humans

THE SNACK

January 2, 2017

Who is to judge? The experts, sometime when the Writer was a boy, devised a novel scheme. The portable meal with disposable packaging. When all the ingredients as well as the conveyance were perishable, the evidence quickly disappeared. In some twist of logic, the paper bag seen here was replaced by a plastic one nearby. The coffee container is cardboard but the top is plastic. Ancestors in all the Living Kingdoms helped make this lid. It took them 360 million years to make. Humans take the credit. Human are still at war with the members of these Living Kingdoms. We believe we are separate and cherished by our gods. But only fools can destroy the other living beings to produce such a paltry waste stream. Only fools can’t see the sacred vessel they hold , in truth, are the fern forests of another age.

To begin…

BUCKET, HOSE AND CUP

November 26, 2016

So here is the pattern of the hose newly arranged, the bucket tossed aside, a discarded drum, unimportant for the moment, but the cup – who placed the cup inside the coil of hose, upside down? Does it matter? Is this the random gesture of a joker? Or is this a telltale of the celestial music Kepler spoke of? To us. A note on a musical scale we can no longer hear? The sinewy cleft of a burned out quasar with a half note minus its stem? What’s more. . .

To begin…

BOULDERS, BUCKETS AND THE HOSE

November 6, 2016

The boulders indicate the upheaval created by a front end loader, the buckets by the casual carelessness of those leaving for the day. The hose, on the other hand, may be the unintended rinceau, unfolding the imaginary tendrils of a vine along the edges of a Book Of Hours, a hieroglyph from an age of meanings lost.

To begin…

RUBBER BOOTS, PART 3

August 27, 2016
To begin…

RUBBER BOOTS, PART 2

August 26, 2016
To begin…

RUBBER BOOTS, PART I

August 25, 2016

We are busy building things. We upend something old to build something new and the transition area is called the construction site. What better place to look for evidence of our habits.

To begin…

THE BOTTLE AND THE BROOM

July 3, 2016

This will be the first in the series, The Evidence of Human Activity. Homo sapiens is a remarkable species, leaving evidence of its passing wherever it goes. In the days before plastic, to find evidence of our ancestors was special, the burial flowers at Shanidar, the tessera in the basilica at Aqueleia, the arrow heads and pewter ware in Jamestown. Now it is rare not to see someone’s remains wherever we go, our pastime tossed from windows of passing car, our newspapers and candy wrappers, our see-through sandwich bags, Styrofoam cups, plastic straws. . . But George Carlin was right, Earth doesn’t give a hoot about our plastic whirlpools in the mid Pacific. It’s the same effluvium of both cosmic and tellurian sources. But it’s our esthetic that hurts, the understanding that we must see ourselves in the evidence of our endless consumption, our souls in a trash can speculorum.

To begin…