Today’s prompt challenges us to write about a current artifact through the eyes of some future archaeologist, exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of that far-off, future scientist.
Shelf Life of 2,000 Years
The sample sent appears to be comestible
though barely digestible even in its own time
Bespoken-ly delicious, as suggested by the writing
we deciphered, it cannot have been nutritious,
formed only in small part of any food we could
call good today. The ancient drug, long known
as sugar whose addictive, toxic and hypoxic qualities
(recognized by Century Twenty’s polities)
is banned by cultures everywhere
except, we surmise, on island Hawaii,
but sadly sky and sea,
rumored freed of radiation soon, are still not STT,
till Safe to Travel data’ trickles in by satellite feed –
our need to know is low.
Amazingly your sample’s kept it’s sponge,
we’ve fed a few crumbs to our rat. He’s getting fat.
His sex drive’s more erratic and more slow,
his fur has lost its former glow,
we can’t afford to lose our only stud.
Regretfully, your lab time has run out.
Twinkies carry very little clout.