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The Cliffs Of Fortune Head (Michael T Wall)

The story of this world of ours is one of mystery,
How many life forms have evolved on land and in the sea;
Though science is a funny thing and hard to understand,
Some answers to the ancient past are found in Newfoundland.

This little isle of Newfoundland, way back in history,
Was part of one great continent that stretched from sea to sea;
Soft bodied creatures of the earth had not yet grown hard shells,
They reproduced themselves like clones, by splitting up their cells.

The story of the Cambrian is found at Fortune Head,
And life's beginnings can be seen in the cliffs of Fortune Head;
And there is so much history just waiting to be read,
The tale of life is written there in the cliffs of Fortune Head.

Then some explosion of great force that we can not explain,
Just ripped apart those massive lands, reforming them again;
As earthquakes made new continents the seas were rearranged,
Volcanoes threw new mountains up -- life on this planet changed.

The atmosphere was different, too, more oxygen and sun,
Those little creatures found romance made reproduction fun;
In numbers great they multiplied, new species now were born,
To keep them safe from predators new armoured coats were worn.

The story of these changes now is written in the sand,
That forms the layers of the cliffs right there in Newfoundland;
On Fortune Head is where you'll find the boundary of that time,
Precambrian to Cambrian, when life was in its prime.

The story of the Cambrian is found at Fortune Head,
And life's beginnings can be seen in the cliffs of Fortune Head;
And there is so much history just waiting to be read,
The tale of life is written there in the cliffs of Fortune Head.

####.... Fay Herridge / Michael T Wall 1998. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Printed in Canadian Stories, 1999.

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