Artifacts in the Aftermath
After the next
genocidal cataclysm or post-nuclear holocaust,
our extrinsic artifacts won't be worth retrieving;
they'll be indistinguishable
from our trash-fill sites and toxic-waste dumps.
Our finest ideas and most precious creations
will be dust in the cosmic breeze.
The cockroach inheritors of our vaunted civilization
won't need a Rosetta Stone
to decipher and translate a blank CRT-screen.
What an impressive legacy!