Poet's Walk: "erosion, tide and ice"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 2
Signature Upon Rock by Elizabeth Stanton Hardy
What years of slow erosion, tide and ice
Channeled across this ante-glacial stone!
What eons ground, minutely and precise
The drift of stardust into flesh and bone,
Centuries hence some paleontologist will
Pick this proud civilization like a rock,
And say, ‘From mollusk stemmed the race, until
There spawned this strange breed kenneled in the rock.
‘They lived a million chiliads ago,
After the Java man, the Piltdown branch;
Leaving clean cut, a chaste intaglio
Under the shale and granite avalanche.’
‘Pointed with haste, look, how a rush of feet
Have left their print. What hunger drove these men?
See how these footsteps climb a fossil street
Only to turn and hurry back again.”