Ever since I was a child
Excavating rocks in the backyard
I knew I wanted to be like Indiana Jones
Like Lara Croft and most of all
Like Evelyn Carnahan from The Mummy.
I wanted to understand the world
And how it got to this point
By learning about its past.
I want to know how my ancestors
And made it to the corners of the world
I want to know why we believe
The things we believe
And why we developed our instincts.
I want to know why entire civilizations
Were wiped off the face of the planet
And why everything has to crumble
I want to know how we think about
The past so that I can know how
The future might think of us.
If I can see in our past
What our future will see in us
I can figure out how to change today
For a better memory tomorrow.