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When you were a tadpole and I was a fish
In the Paleozic time,
And side by side on the ebbing tide
We sprawled through the ooze and slime,
Or skittered with many a caudal flip
Through the depths of the Carbrian fen,
My heart was rife and with the joy of life,
For I loved you even then.

Mindless we lived and mindless we loved
And mindless at last we died;
And deep in the rift of the Caradoc drift
We slumbered side by side
The world turned on in the lathe of time…

And that was a million years ago
In a time that no man knows…
Your eyes are deep as the Devon springs
Your hair is dark as jet,
Your years are few, your life is new,
Your soul untried, and yet-

…we linger at luncheon here
O’er many a dainty dish,
Let us drink anew to the time when you
Were a tadpole and I was a fish

-Langdon Smith, Evolution