Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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III

As every good poet or scientist must
Darwin kept notebooks, writing daily
piece by piece of evolutionary mosaic
in October 1838 his mind was focused
on change, the rate of transformation
Malthus influenced thought, he read
in minutiae the records of colleagues
Kalzebue, Lamark, Milne Edwards
even the French Flourens and Serres
research, distant voyages, adaptation
tramping for tropical genera, variation
movement as noted, observed by others
from North or South, across the seas
island to island, even Cuba played a role
evident ephemeral ideas formed, blocked
built upon, shingles of evidence studded
in bright chips of colored glass, sparkling
as they were put together, entry by entry
exposing ever changing operative patterns
of how Nature works.

c) Jan G. Otterstrom F.
    December 1 , 2010
    Over Costa Rica