The Sounds of Science



men in lab coats
ponder the differences
between three blind mice
immunodeficient
infected
dying

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

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

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