Colossal Fossil Bug Discovered
Scientists have found a claw
belonging to a scorpion eight feet long
if it were intact
The biggest bug ever! exclaims the newspaper
exhilarated by the find
as momentarily am I, a Scorpio
more so, maybe, than a Leo or an Aries
who could give a rat’s ass for scorpions
even if they are eight feet long
I am shocked too upon considering
that horror movie makers may be the visionaries
of the world—imagine, omigod
Why only a claw? Where is the rest
of the scorpion, and is it in another rock
longing for its warrior self
wrenched from it how? in battle or love
or a simple stupid accident when it was fishing
for a morsel it could have done without
But its hard-to-fathom age—
400 million years, say the paleontologists
with miraculous certainty
is what really gives me pause to wonder
how the hell do they know
Today’s news reports that marine biologists have recorded 17,650 species living in the ocean depths where the sunlight ceases. They are weird shaped and living on the snow-like decaying matter that drifts down from above.
They hope to announce by the end of the ongoing census that a million or more species remain unknown, in addition to the 235,000 living in the extreme ocean depths, which they thought was a desert until this plethora of living things showed up. On land, they’ve catalogued 1.5 million types of plants and animals.
It costs $50,000 a day to operate the equipment. What’s the daily cost of the war?
I don’t know why this fascinates me so much. It’s not going to change my life. But I like the idea of people searching for our fellow creatures, and the great myriad life forms make me thankful to live on planet Earth.
My gratitude list today:
Scientists who ask questions and seek answers.
Colossal fossil bugs.
Sobriety, which makes me marvel at life.
That God put me on planet Earth and not the moon.
That recovery has brought me to a Higher Power who knows all.
That we have brains, and God helps us use them.
That I can read.
That I can write.
That I don’t have to drink today to get all jazzed up about life.
The photos are from sciencecentric.com