2014/08/18 in Uncategorized
Overflying the Karoo
The wing of the aircraft
moved over the flat expanse
like a draughtsman’s ruler
over a developing plan.
The sun reflected blindingly
from one spot,
then disappeared suddenly
as an island slipped into view -
it was completely covered with dense, fern-like plants.
The island disappeared
and was replaced by the ash-blue plain of water.
It was too high to see any signs of life -
the reptilian snout of a creature
that lifted from the tepid, shallow water
between the roots of a cycad,
dense swarms of scarcely specialised insects
that looked for an exposed body
from which to suck blood;
tiny brown fish
with unworried eyes
picked at patches of green algae
at the edge of the water.
Far away to the south
rivers wide as towns
sluggishly disgorged into the inland sea.
The wing moved steadily, precisely
in the span of a minute
over the place
where the town of Upington would be
in some millions of years.