More On Paleontology: A Poem


Oh, oh. More Paleontology

I posted this little poem a few years back when I first started the blog. It’s called What a Story and it’s about about the story of life – which brings us back around to paleontology, the study of old things.

Today’s lesson: The magnificence of the study of paleontology is not to be understated (at least I won’t understate it!)  

After all, what more interesting subject than the story of how we came to be?


The poem is called What A Story

          What a Story

Once upon a time there was a boy
And this boy grew to be a man
And he had a good life and then he died

And then once upon a time there was a girl, too
And she grew to be an old woman
And she never met the boy

But she had a pretty good life, too

But finally she died, too

So the story begins

Because if we just count all the boys and all the girls that ever were (all the once upon a times)
In all the cities and farms and villages across the great big earth
Over the distant millenia and across all the continents

Not to forget all the animals that breathed life
All of the mammals, feathered birds, reptiles, snakes, ants and bumblebees too
And all the trees and plants
And all the fishes and the sea life
As well as the dinosaurs and other creatures now extinct
That once breathed the good air
And walked on this good earth and lived out their lives
Under the moon and sun
And the stars above

Well, add ’em up, Josephine
All those lives
Add ’em up

What a story!

10 thoughts on “More On Paleontology: A Poem

  1. Each one of us is part of it. Yeah, a great story to be told… and if we want it to continue, for some more “once upon a time”, we must stand up for our Planet: our only beautiful Home. :-)claudine

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