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Cause and Effect

[‘...what is found in the effect is already in the cause.’ — Henri Bergson L’Évolution Criétrice ]
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A wayward pebble clatters down the scree:
A minute later roars the avalanche.
A beetle buries eggs within a branch:
A decade passes; falls the stricken tree.
A microscopic virus in the breath:
A deadly battle waged within the veins.
A fungal spore mutates and famine reigns.
A word misspoke and comes a lover’s death.
A poet makes a pass at someone’s wife:
A fumbled gene aborted in the dawn.
A moment’s hesitation with the knife:
A limbless Michelangelo is born.
A billion years without a sign of life:
A whisper from the gods— amoeba spawn.