by Jane Downing
Creation (II)If Charles Darwin had travelled the region
on the Air Marshall Islands plane
instead of the Royal Navy's HMS Beagle
he would perhaps have posited
some far different theory of atoll formation
It would not have been the slow and stealthy growth of which he wrote:
From the air amidst the throb of the engine
had been flung from above like more substantial chicken feed:
a drop, a dash, a sprinkle, a scatter
a globule plonking splat alone
a last dribble...
So listen to what the old people said
Happily down he flew over awesome stretches of landless ocean
Digging deep into his basket he discovered its want of earth
and then the cause: a hole in his basket!
the escape for a drop, a dash, a sprinkle, a scatter...
He threw the basket away in disgust
So we see Letao’s two chains of atolls
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