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FROM AN EXCAVATION ON THE WARRIOR RIVER, by            
First Line: Ten-seventeen, the numbered label read
Last Line: Stared up again at alabama skies.
Subject(s): Archeology; Mothers; Prehistoric Antiquities


Ten-seventeen, the numbered label read;
Bones of a prehistoric woman, dead
Perhaps five thousand dusty years ago;
A young one, too, by all the signs we know --
Straight-limbed and strong. I picture her as fair,
With leaf-brown eyes and long, thick, sun-flecked hair.

The digger called, "An infant by her side!"
With expert care his eager fingers pried
The fragile bits loose from their red clay bed.
"Well, that makes number ten-eighteen," he said.
Ages of peace -- and then her sightless eyes
Stared up again at Alabama skies.





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