Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Geosonnet 55


A plotter’s pause to synchronize his watch
Is often preparation for a heist:
A bank vault? Tardy mail train full of scotch?
A drug syndicate’s freighter full of ice?
Geologists scheme on a grander scale
Where ice envelops Earth, a mile thick.
Should cryospheric pilfering prevail
The melting must be synchronous, and quick.
Boron reveals (in sonnet twenty five)
Cap carbonates have one last common flaw
A rapid deposition crooks derive
A catastrophic warming's last hurrah
   The zircons say less than a million years.
   CO2 melts the ice, then disappears.


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Geosonnet 54


A horoscope yon wand’ring planets make
Predictions of our facies, lives, and death.
Is graveyard orbital influence fake?
A sediment’ry burial shibboleth?
Milanković, that fortune-telling Serb
Used planet motions to predict the ice
Can continental weathering perturb
A fossilizing chemical device?
The Ordovician pyritized remains
Of soft parts every point one million years
Suggest orbit obliquity explains
Whether flesh is preserved or disappears..
   A fool’s gold coin beneath a dead worm’s tongue
   Exquisite fossil afterlife’s begun.




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