"The Annunciation of Charles Darwin"
Dear mermaids, it was bound to happen.
Beloved fauns and honorable angels,
evolution has emphatically cast you out.
Not that it lacks imagination, but
you with your Devonian tail fins and alluvial breasts,
your fingered hands and cloven feet,
your arms alongside, not instead of, wings,
your, heaven help us, diphyletic skeletons...
you must admit that it would be a nasty joke,
excessive, everlasting, and no end of bother,
one that mother nature wouldn't like and won't allow.
- Wislawa Szymborska, "Thomas Mann"
TITLE - "The Annunciation of Charles Darwin"
WHERE - Port Moody, British Columbia (2017)