Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Sunday, March 18, 2012


By Zachary Sepulveda

As one dies another entity emerges;
new and young and strong.
It struggles at first, then comes into its own—
peerless to all around.
It lives and thrives, longs and strives
to be the best that it can be.
All of its potential, bursting at the seams—
it's finally reached its peak, hopes soaring to the sky.
Little does it know, it too will die.
Something else arises.
Something bigger, faster, stronger,
better than our thing could ever be;
our entity’s life and vigor, slowly receding,
gradually outcompeted, vying for its title:
But always bested.
It screams unto the heavens,
“Why, why must it be I who goes?”
And the heavens reply,
“You have had your time;
you must go extinct for others to survive.”

Thylacinus cynocephalus was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of the Holocene. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped back) and was native to Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it became extinct in the 20th century and was the last living member of its family, Thylacinidae. Artwork © by Zach Sepluveda, 2012

Author bio:  Zach recently moved to the Pikes Peak region from San Diego, CA. He became interested in paleontology by visiting the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles as often as he could. Zach recently helped a university geology field course (Emporia State University, KS) at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine where he assisted the field trip leaderand aided the students in collecting lamprophyre, a mafic rock that is derived from the mantle.  Mantle rock at the surface is extremely rare, and this experience may have turned his interest to rocks and minerals as well. Zach is 14, attends Palmer Ridge High School, and regularly goes to all of the functions of the Colorado Springs Pebble Pups and Juniors.

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