The Trilobite’s eyes were chipped calcite marvels
that had a million years of ocular dominance
and then vanished in a blink.
Before the plexus of nerves, there were first
lapidary conjunctions of a thousand eyes,
polished and re-faceted to new spectra.
When the silt of the old oceans
was churned over the last of these lions,
what light was caught in the cold amber earth?
What light was pressed on the lens of each stone
that is forever lost?
The visions and the miracles and the first black wave.
1 February 2015