I've been alerted to discrepancies in the text -- that there should be more punctuation, punctuation which my source material for this copy was missing. This copy may be more accurate. Unfortunately, as I'm in China, I can't check the library. If you can, and can find the ultimately correct version, please let me know and I'll work from there.

Epistle To Be Left In The Earth

by Archibald MacLeish

...It is colder now
                           there are many stars
                                                         we are drifting
North by the Great Bear
                                  the leaves are falling
The water is stone in the scooped rock
                                                        to southward
Red sun grey air
                       the crows are
Slow on their crooked wings
                                         the jays have left us
Long since we passed the flares of Orion
Each man believes in his heart he will die
Many have written last thoughts and last letters
None know if our deaths are now or forever
None know if this wandering earth will be found

We lie down and the snow covers our garments
I pray you
               you (if any open this writing)
Make in your mouths the words that were our names
I will tell you all we have learned
                                              I will tell you everything
The earth is round
                          there are springs under the orchards
The loam cuts with a blunt knife
                                               beware of
Elms in thunder
                       the lights in the sky are stars
We think they do not see
                                    we think also
The trees do not know nor the leaves of the grasses hear us
The birds too are ignorant
                                      do not listen
Do not stand at dark in the open windows
We before you have heard this
                                            they are voices
They are not words at all but the wind rising
Also noone among us has seen God
(... We have thought often
the flaws of sun in the late and driving weather
pointed to one tree but it was not so.)
As for the nights I warn you the nights are dangerous
The wind changes at night and the dreams come

It is very cold
                     there are strange stars near Arcturus
Voices are crying an unknown name in the sky