by Christopher Ruthe

I am an Ichnite to be.

All become ichnites when we come to say

Good night.

Some will say 

Good night nurse

In remembrance of their Mother’s


Gratitude in hindsight

Recorded for posterity

In the indecipherable ichnite pores.

Others fossilised in the sterility

Of  postmodernity 

Feign no good night

As they  are thought

cogito, ergo sum*

No thought

No being

No ichnite

Not even a whimper

At one’s world end.

 Ichnite is a fossil footprint

* “I think therefore I am.” A dictum coined by the French philosopher René Descartes in his Discourse on Method (1637). The statement is indubitable,  Descartes argued because even if an all-powerful demon were to try to deceive him into thinking that he exists when he does not, he would have to exist in order for the demon to deceive him. Therefore, whenever he thinks, he exists.