"Enduring" by Alan S. Garrett
Copper Breaks State Park, Texas

These ripples preserved in sandstone stem from clays that were laid down 225 million years ago, or so I’ve read. How many fears and worries, how many catastrophic end-of-the-world scenarios have these ripples survived? Entire species have come and gone, individual lives less recognized in memory by the living now than those recognized within the grains within this stone. What a world it could be if fears and worries and catastrophes were as small a problem to the human mind, as they are to these ripples preserved in sandstone.