Anthropological Inquiries by Clara Trippe

Anthropological Inquiries by Clara Trippe

Anthropological Inquiries

 

The past is a finite resource; we could one day unearth

every year and place them on shelves far away

from their occurrence. We could decide

we have finally learned Where We Come From,

and cease running out into the world with the night sky

reflected on our backs. No more distance between us:

an expanse no light can travel in any sort of reasonable time.

There could be an excavation. There could be eyes closed

and hands guided to all these days buried behind

our ears, calcified on the backs of our legs. Find shelves,

place them as far away from their occurrence as possible.

But the archaeologists are still digging, and today I was sad

to see the rain end even though I for the life of me

can’t tell you why. I want to find you sitting across from me,

but I for the life of me can’t tell you why.

Clara Trippe is a senior English major at Grinnell College. Her work has been published in the Grinnell Underground MagazineGrinnell Press, and High Gloss Magazine. She grew up in Northern Michigan and currently resides in Iowa.

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