It is something of a mystery
that every time we look
there is more prehistory
and that, as we become better acquainted
with prehistoric man, we find him smarter than he is painted.
Indeed he is not so much painted as turned out in a three piece leather suit
with perhaps a wide hat and, as like as not, a smart suede boot.
Early man is not only earlier and smarter than one expects
but, as we get to know him, he behaves better to children and to the opposite sex.
Indeed he becomes so much like us that we are forced to admit
that in most respects human nature hasn't changed a bit.
So that looking at prehistory becomes more and more a practice
of gazing into the past and seeing ourselves grin back at us.
Tomorrow some personal intimations of the prehistory of the Estuary.