Footprints to the Past – a villanelle

A simple flint tool left the world aghast,

unearthed on a crumbling North Norfolk shore,

led to fossilised footprints from the past.

 

Found on a coastline that’s receding fast

in the Norfolk village of Happisburgh,

a simple flint tool left the world aghast.

 

The Happisburgh Handaxe, amongst the vast

sands, seashells and fossils, opened a door;

led to fossilised footprints from the past.

 

Adapting to the harsh and wintry blast,

chopping and hewing forests of the north,

a simple flint tool left the world aghast.

 

Early humans from Africa outcast

discarded their tools on the river floor;

led to fossilised footprints from the past.

 

This axe was not the oldest or the last,

our Norfolk beaches yielded even more:

a simple flint tool left the world aghast

led to fossilised footprints from the past.

 

© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Happisburgh Handaxe

Image found on www.northfolk.org.uk