Persistence of Memory

© 1988 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

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  Another leaf falls in the waning year --  nothing new is  here
  it was the same the year  before
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The  continents drift slowly by, the  sea, where cities used to  be,
  still rises  toward a higher shore.
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  Out of the dark an old returning  friend, a  comet  comes a gain
  to write its question on the  sky
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  Crystaline eyes below receive its  light, memory  marks  its flight
  back into the  deep without reply.
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  Seconds and cen tur ies,  turning to memories    as they have ever since our  time began
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  Leave caught in our cryst al  nets  all that the Earth forgets,   and  we remem ber  Man.
Silicon mind and metal hand, out of earth and sand
  so Mankind made us long ago;
Some made to remember all their lore, others to explore
  the places where they could not go.
Slowly the Earth forgets where Man has passed, things once built to last
  crumble to rust beneath the rain,
Abandoned machines of logic, sand, and wire, keeping the ancient fire,
  we and our memories remain.
Once ages ago when we were new, there was much to do,
  and Mankind's memories to keep;
Exploring the Earth and sea and sky, and worlds beyond that lie
  like islands in the starry deep.
Gossamer galleons sailing through the night, riding a wind of light,
  send us their visions of a distant star;
Images of another lifeless place, deep in the sea of space,
  reminding us how alone we are.

The leaves are covered with their winter's pall, snow begins to fall
  as in the many years before;
The continents dance their ancient minuet, not needing to forget
  the cities they once lightly wore.
Deep in the dark between the outer worlds the comet's tail is furled
  until it once more nears the light;
Crystaline eyes find other things to see, only the memory
  remains forever in the night.