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Museum Pieces

Updated on March 29, 2016
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Mosasaur specimen hanging overhead in the foyer of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History
Mosasaur specimen hanging overhead in the foyer of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History
Prehistoric men and women at the Jeongok Museum South Korea Prehistory Museum by X-TU
Prehistoric men and women at the Jeongok Museum South Korea Prehistory Museum by X-TU
The Elgin Marbles at the British Museum
The Elgin Marbles at the British Museum
Ferdinando III of Lorraine's carriage - Museum in Florence, Italy
Ferdinando III of Lorraine's carriage - Museum in Florence, Italy
Image provided by the Museum of the American Man Foundation shows cave art in a cavern
Image provided by the Museum of the American Man Foundation shows cave art in a cavern

Lines of children simply staring

Mouths agape, eyes agog

Their silence all but deafening

Surrounded by immense wonder

Ancient bones towering above

Imaginations churn and conjure

Upright beasts, some type of man

Prehistoric, fierce, and distant

Diversity as told by Mr. Darwin

Yet here, alive in their own way

Travelers plotted forgotten courses

Yet, all but coins and cannon remain

Bits of broken pottery tell

Stories of places which disappeared

Simply vanished like the night breeze

Statuary somewhat crumbled

Their eyes looking somewhere, anywhere

China, Jade, and Alabaster

Precious then, precious now

Tribal masks with faded paint

Loops of bones and sharpened claws

Marble riders atop marbled mounts

Carriages made of straw and wood

Tiny pictures etched in time

Messages sent to those who are gone

Stone and wood and art on glass

Canvas worlds stretched out before us

Jars and books and household things

Jewelry, chairs, and the royal ring

Understanding is the message here

The answers to the future

Lie in our origins

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    Ralph Schwartz 19 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    You know I love my history brother

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    manatita44 19 months ago from london

    Nice one! They do tell a story, yes, and indeed pioneers help us to grow. Great powers of observation and discernment. In Love and Light.