(Fossil Recorder)

by Marisa Siegel

The moon as a giant tape recorder     the moon as preserver of the evidence, both internal and external     the moon as recording the signals, the distinctive changes carved on rock

There is language, then, even on the moon

If not covered up, the recorded signal is overwritten and destroyed by later events: the coverage of old material by younger material

The moon tries to protect the signal     to preserve the fossil     to develop other processes

The moon, too, buries the record

The immediate result of this coverage is to remove surface material from further processing          from wear and tear          from the inevitable subsequent impacts that will disperse the buried materials

(Previously published in There, Issue 4, 2008.)