Thursday, March 23, 2017

OTI:three poems and notes:3/23/17

Open To Interpretation
Rex and Tops
Quixote was perched atop
Beside him,
Sancho sat his saddle
On Tops.
Jesus is a Temperature
Some potion it is
Until another potion
Comes along called
And we are made
To inventory every touch
Every color
Every sound
Like a long restaurant menu
In foreign words
Painful to read aloud,
Our stomachs being now all ears.
"Hey 98.6,
It's good to have you back again."

After three years
Of the grim clouds
The stars were out,
And the high distant peak
Of Volcano Never out gassing,
Throwing out rocks, debris,
Red and orange lava,
In billowing black clouds.
By the light of the full moon,
The Nautilus' crew
Offloaded supplies and gear
On the long narrow dock
Where Nemo's caravan
Was assembling.
Two sanguine figures
Waited astride their mounts
Where the dock met the shore.
"Quixote!" Petra said in greeting.
Quixote saluted back
From his saddle astride
The biped's neck.
Petra gave the biped's
Great clawed feet a wary distance.
Beside Quixote was Sancho
Astride his quadruped
Saddled behind the bony
Shield flare and its horns.
"Sancho!" said Petra.
Sancho saluted.
Petra grew bold
And put her hand to
The bipeds leg joint,
Feeling the feathers' softness.
The biped lowered its toothy head
To see her,
Quixote keeping his balance.
"Can you talk?" Petra asked the biped.
She reached and touched its
Lowered cheek, Quixote holding on.
"Oh!" Petra said in surprise,
And knew in a moment
All the biped was knowing and feeling.
"Two become one!"
She said to Quixote.
"Just so." said Quixote
"He's hungry." Petra said.
"They're all hungry." said Quixote.
Notes:  Rex and Tops...Lost World dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops...reference the visit to the Natural History Museum...and news story yesterday...
Mr Baron's new family tree has similarities to ideas developed by the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley in 1870. He believed, correctly as it turns out, that birds descended from meat-eating dinosaurs and he included them then with the bird-hipped dinosaurs in a group he named Ornithoscelida, or bird-limbed.
At the time Huxley's ideas were roundly dismissed and eclipsed by Seeley's.
As an acknowledgement of Huxley's contribution, the team has revived the name of Ornithoscelida for his new combined group.
As well as being a remarkable piece of research in itself, the work is a vignette of the scientific process itself - how challenging old, well-established ideas with a fresh eye is always worthwhile and can often bring new insights.

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'

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