In Quito we gawp at the ingenuity of Ecuadorian ancestors.
To the south, the endurance of dead Inka’s.
Ancient like wrinkled smiles to newborns.
A growing galaxy.
Incomprehensible evidence of time,
wrinkled roots laugh at the antiquity of man.
Basílica del Voto Nacional -92 years old. Incomplete.
Machu Pichu- 566 years old. Abandoned.
Amazon rainforest- 55 million years old. Home to 10% of all known species.
(According to local legend the day Quito’s Basilica is completed is the day the world will end. It seems unlikely).