There once was a myth that all fauna
were derived from a kind of amoeba,
formed from chemical stew
that unscrambled and grew,
becoming a live complex creature.
Then somehow some damage made changes
that improved all the creatures in stages,
though no evidence seen
that such ‘progress’ had been,
they thought that it might in vast ages.
Proposing a time frame colossal
for laying down rocks, but a fossil
would have to be smothered
quite quickly and buried
– flood sediments have this potential.
The creed was invented to find
no need for a skill and a mind
far greater than ours
to make all the flowers
the mammals and birds, every kind.
[Poetry Monthly: creation stories]