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At the Smithsonian

The shard outlasts the hand that shaped the bowl; The flint knife lasts beyond the arm that flayed; The ash outlasts the breath that fanned the coal;

The coin outlasts the royal head portrayed.

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Olympic fields outlast the feet that raced;

Cave paintings last beyond the eyes that saw;

Foundation rock outlasts the guards that paced;

The tomb outlasts the bodies held in awe -

Yet, purpose lasts beyond the tumbled walls;

Design outlasts the chipped and broken flask.

Skill speaks to skill across man's endless falls.

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The dream outlasts the finite things men ask.

The body, grounded, wastes and disappears,

But spirit arcs across ten million years.

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