Man's First Beginnings

Man's First Beginnings

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 9th grade, a poem about evolution.


Man's First Beginnings

April 12, 1984

Tiny and boneless,
Dying and dying,
Crushed by the weight
Of the earth as it fell.

Bones now developing,
Some members living,
Starting an era
As the earth falls again.

Fins and scales forming,
Another race beginning,
Home in the water,
Again the earth fell.

Now many races
Together existed;
Brothers in all truth
Except for appearance.

Now leaving water
To live on terra firma;
Kings of the whole world
For a very short reign.

Now not just living
On terra firma;
Now born upon it,
Kings for a time.

Feathers now forming,
Teeth, now they lose them,
Lighter and smaller,
They fly through the air.

Hair is now forming,
Warm blood is flowing,
Man is emerging
From mammals on earth.

Man now comes forward
To conquer the planet -
With reason and feelings
The planet he wins.

Now he has conquered,
He's continuing forward
To conquer the stars
And to conquer himself.

Soon for omnipotence,
Soon for omniscience,
Soon all the universe
By his reason he'll rule.

For Ronald VanOrden with thanks and snarks.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 14. The dedication was to my 9th grade science teacher. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 7, 2017
Last Updated on November 7, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, evolution, science

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..