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.
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