A geological child

A geological child
I think of this canyon
As old
Until I reflect
And recall

The sandstone
Began to rise
Some 200 million
Years ago

Leaving the water to carve
An infant, a toddler
The geological child
Of a mother, Earth, 4 billion years old

I stand on the edge of a canyon
Still cutting its teeth
And I am but an instant
A speck, in a speck of time

Contemplate eternity?
I cannot even imagine
The lifetime
Of Earth’s children

And Earth, herself
Is but a teen mom
Born of a universe
Thrice her age

Even the canyon
Cannot imagine
So old as that

Glen Canyon
From State Road 95
Utah, United States of America

Taken during travels, 2009.