The Voyages of Darwin ~ The Galapagos are within us

 

Remnants of primeval life,

worlds without versatile men,

lonely islands,

uninhabited by the prejudices of men.

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There sprang up the Tree of Forms,

knowledge for us

the fruit of the voyages to the unknown Eden.

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There was between us

the most ancient bond of blood,

through the grace of the animals.

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The forms were fashioned with years of eternity

between us and them,

an indigenous beauty.

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It was in the Galapagos

and at the other utmost bounds of man

that the traces of life existed,

with the creatures of time

and the likenesses between us and them.

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We looked at the characters,

they seemed alike,

only that those stood more ingenuous

without the depth of the art of play-acting

and it was plain that some of them were like us

in appearance.

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Thus a voyage brought a greater bond of brotherhood.

I accept it,

though Darwin was preparing for other voyages

with a nuance of human spirit

between the theatres and the meadows.

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