Amazing Life

Pat Duffy Hutcheon, Humanist in Canada (Spring, 1993), p. 28.

(to the tune of "Amazing Grace")

Amazing life, how great the code
that carves a course through me,
to futures yet uncharted from
some long forgotten sea.

No master hand defined my fate.
No gods created me.
Star dust and ocean wave did spark
the genes that led to me.

Amazing life, how great the code
that carves a course through me;
of life that first emerged from out
some long forgotten sea.

O'er eons of uncounted time,
like shifting dunes of sand;
from grasping paw on groping limb,
evolved the human hand.

Amazing hand, how great the tools
that humankind could wield.
How wide the world that hitherto
from animals was sealed.

But symbols were the crucial key
that opened culture's gate;
for language carried consciousness,
and knowledge in its wake.

Amazing power of human thought
that carves a course through me;
to futures yet uncharted from
some long forgotten sea.