"Back toward the time when
the world, without footprints, broke open."
- Ginger Murchison, from her poem, "On Stone Mountain"
A backhoe paws its single front
leg onto gray shale, shatters, pulls,
breaks, delaminates, lays waste
the traces of Edaphosaurus
dog-paddling hot, briny estuaries
under equatorial Permian sun,
rips the pages of ancient stone
texts, devastates the cuneiform
signatures of reptilian claws,
the clay tablets of millennia
of evolution's accounts: the world,
with footprints, broken open.
Roy Beckemeyer lives in Wichita, Kansas His poems have appeared in a variety of print and on-line literary journals including Beecher's Magazine, Chiron Review, Coal City Review, Dappled Things, Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, Kansas City Voices, The Light Ekphrastic, The Midwest Quarterly, The North Dakota Quarterly, The Syzygy Poetry Review, and Zingara. His book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Review and Press, Lawrence, KS, 2014) was selected as a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. He won the Beecher's Magazine Poetry Contest in 2014, and the Kansas Voices Poetry Award in 2016.
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