Extracted from an ancient residence
the ornamented spheric artifact
exuded science, spirit, music, art,
through involutions evanesced in time.
No end to speculations - why or when
or what intentions might have conjured this.
Not one among us could eliminate
a single theory from our growing lists:
some esoteric cipher of control ?
Aesthetics? Cosmos? Mathematics? Soul?

Artifactual © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: December 29, 2019