Like a summer’s day
given over to scrub and vines
and to such beasts as can live on them,
like a scarcely cooler night
over widening torrid zones and deepening desert,
the mountaintops bare.

Like nothing seen by the cave painters
or the species they portrayed.

Like having conjured fire with an incantation
that brings a meteor.



Photo by Bill Stilwell (originally posted to Flickr as Crater) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.