That life’s arisen here is proof enough
That it exists on other planets, too;
Although our solar system is too rough,
Some farther off in space will surely do.
Whatever mind or spirit that it was,
Some organizing intellect that made
Dust animate on Earth, now elsewhere does
The same, and likely at a higher grade.
Which is why we instinctively expect
A visitation by some heavenly host
More elevated in their intellect
And more substantial than a holy ghost.
Perhaps they’re waiting till we’ve grown wise
Enough to know what growing up implies.