Unintelligent Redesign

A cairn is a simple pile of stones,
used to mark a trail or someone’s passing.
How many cairns have built themselves
In all of time everlasting?

I was taught to challenge assumptions,
yet never once was I shown
a life form that designed itself
or a stone that climbed on a stone.

Show me the wall that built itself,
the Taj Mahal that tiled itself,
the body that designed itself
through a chain of blind collisions.

Show me the man who is nothing more
than mud with exceptional luck—
Or spare me the wisdom of experts
who would sell their own souls for a buck.

Sept. 6, 2021
Alan Graham