Partway to a million billion souls
We distill our past to the detritus of their lives
A hundred objects
Sitting in museums
Touched by in infinitesimally small number
Of those billions
Their vast amorphous imagined lost thoughts
Focused on not the things they left
But the things we found
The infinitesimally small number
Of things we found
Obscured through an abraded lens

From the BBC series
for the dverse prompt of 12/7/21: historical objects

11 thoughts on “A history of the world in 100 objects

  1. Well….you caught it just right, focusing on things found, jot what was left behind, tragic, and an indictment…

  2. This is such a profound poem! Those few things, those fragments, and the few who see them.
    “Focused on not the things they left
    But the things we found”

    We come to conclusions based on the things that are found. (Yet, I don’t see how it could be otherwise.)

  3. Wow, this really puts our focus on a single artefact into perspective. When you stop to think how many have passed this way before us, it’s profound.

  4. What a great poem to make us think…
    Focused on not the things they left
    But the things we found

    So profound, but so true. I think of my mom who lived to be 93. I have only a handful of physical things from her, but oh the legacy she left me and so many others.

    Well done!

    • We’ve talked about this before–how surrounded we are by artifacts. You have to wonder what the prior billions of souls cherished.

  5. Xan — May the joy of the season fill your heart here at the closing if the year 2021, and may peace abide in 2022. This is a most difficult time for our planet earth, and a time of turmoil for its peoples. May 2022 begin the way back! ✌🏼❤️🌎

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