The Sounds of Science

men in lab coats
ponder the differences
between three blind mice

grad students
in muck boots
search for specimens
among the reeds and mud –

university room 214
explodes – 
miscalculated chemistry smells; 
evacuation, reprimands,
no injuries

dissect a cow’s eyeball
as two students gag –
it looks alive,
one says too enthusiastically
before retrieving the mop

a bowling ball falls
from the roof
alongside a tennis ball
to prove
gravity does not discriminate –
students rejoice to find 
one does not bounce

walk around the block
to marvel at spring’s 
blossoming bounty,
squirrels, a broken branch,
and mud