There is a cat
In Goddard Space Flight Center
And I don't know
How it got past the guards
Or squeezed through a gap
In the chain link fence
Or perhaps was brought hither
By some misguided Human
To prowl through the snowy forest
To stalk luckless squirrels
And birds benumbed by the cold.
Snug in brick-faced strongholds
Build fluxgate magnetometers
To probe distant Jupiter, Saturn
And heterodyne photon detectors
To analyze chemical fragments
Where no life could ever endure
To further extend human knowledge
To probe space and ever learn more.
The cat, too,
Has exquisite sensors
Green eye-slits the better to see you with
Sharp claws the better to pounce on you
The software and hardware of nature
Integrated to a perfection.
And one hundred years may have gone by
The buildings are gone and decayed
Our marvelous clever achievements
Are in the textbooks. They are the stuff
Schoolchildren study for tests
And never ask why, or how come--
The book says so, it must be true.
The chain fence is mere rusty powder
Only the trees are the same
The trees and the snow
And the cat
Crafty dark hunter of feather and fur
Stalking--as it always has done.
Author and Curator: Dr. David P. Stern
Mail to Dr.Stern: david("at" symbol)phy6.org .
Last updated 15 May 2002