and in later years

untitled ~DasWortgewand https://pixabay.com/en/artmatic-voyager-3d-3-dimensional-114205/

as desert sands
swept through long-empty cities
in their relentless march to meet
the rising sea
no one
no feather-wing
no bubble finner
no fleet-foot
no earth crawler
least of all,
none that once had been called
human
was left to plead
“is this not high enough?”