Remembering the Future

We, here at Edge of Yesterday, are not just visiting the past, we are inventing the future, a feat that may require some reassurances, as we move from the known to an unknown world.

Remember the Morrow

ostrich-egg-globe
A globe engraved on an ostrich egg, dated 1504, has emerged as perhaps the oldest known globe to include the New World.[1]
  1. Inventing the future is fearsome.
  2. No roadmaps,
  3. Nor sure sign posts.
  4. Life exacts the courage to get up
  5. Every day and trace our one
  6. Uncertain step at a time
  7. When what youd really like is to
  8. Know how it will all turn out in advance.
  1. But thats not what the future holds.
  2. It holds only uncertainty that the
  3. Ground will even hold in
  4. Territory so unfamiliar.
  5. Its like the ancient cartographers
  6. Must have felt when they wrote,
  7. “Hic sunt dracones”Here be dragons
  8. Who can singe us with one flame-throwing breath.
  1. But maybe theyre friendly dragons
  2. Awaiting your arrival and using their firebreath
  3. To roast corn and potatoes, to serve up
  4. A clam bake (Two if by sea) or a beef stew
  5. (One if by land). Or pizza, even.
  6. Edamus! — Lets eat!
  7. But no, the dragons might take that wrong
  8. Come to think of it. Dont eat us!
  1. The future is a tricky landscape
  2. Not for the faint of heart, although,
  3. Come to think of it, maybe the heart knows
  4. What the mind doesnt (and isnt there a Blaise Pascal
  5. Quote to that effect?) Hear that, heart!
  6. Risking no leap today, tomorrow may never come.
  7. Attune (atone? at one?), with awareness
  8. Be fearless!  Remember the morrow.

 Remember the Morrow 

by Robin Stevens Payes (c) 2017

[1] The “ostrich egg globe” was apparently made in 1504. It shows a scattering of islands in North America’s position; 12 years after Columbus’s first voyage, the area was largely unknown. This view shows Asia and a ship in the sea with the legend “Hic sunt dracones”  Credit: The Washington Map Society/The Washington Map Society

 

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