Science (in)verse: Ben Zarov V

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Science and art inspire each other to create new forms of expression. Here, at Science (in)Verse, we bring an unusual outcome of this encounter: science-inspired poetry. If you are feeling poetic, we welcome contributions!



The Poke Not Chosen*
By Ratbert Frost

Two tones diverged in a white box,
And sorry I could not choose both
And be one rat, long I stood
And looked toward one as much I could
To where the poke stayed shadowed;

Then took the left, as just a doubt
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it probably had water, my aim;
Though as for that the chosen spout,
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In acrylic where many licks had whisked.
Oh, I kept left for another day!
Yet knowing barely what tone had played,
I doubted if it was right to lick.

I shall be squeaking with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two tones diverged in a box, and I-
I choose the one less likely dry,
And that has made all the difference.





* A neuroscience adaptation of The Road not Taken by Robert Frost


Ben Zarov is a poet, educator, and scientist living in Beijing, China.



Image credit: Ben Zarov


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