Off the Wall

Forty scientists and engineers and
computer programmers toil each year,
a million bucks per annum spent,
a decade now, with price so dear.

Another study of fifty years,
such value held in answers sought,
in labs where winged subjects die,
though scientists claim it’s not for aught.

The topic: vast data processed in flight,
motion and movement sensitivity;
the interconnections of brain nerve cells
that exceed computer capabilities.

Complex, for sure, but fifty years?
Such lengthy studies in part explained;
the task of handling small electrodes
when attaching them to house fly brains.

Now, I may not a scientist be,
but the question I would like explored
is why flies crash into window panes
instead of flying out open doors.

NaPoWriMo Challenge, Day 30 (final day): write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact.


About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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7 Responses to Off the Wall

  1. Sharon says:

    Oh I really liked this poem. I especially liked the twist ending – and it is a good question!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I am a scientist and 50 years is a bit much! And some of those guys can’t find the door any better than the fly. :). I enjoyed this one.

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  3. This is a legit question. I think they need a little guidance.

    Please find some answers to your other perennial question in your blog name in the reply to your comment on my last post.

    Happy May 1st and thank you for sharing your April and helped me share mine!

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