SALT ON A BIRD’S TAIL
“He went to catch a dicky bird,
And thought he could not fail,
Because he had a little salt,
To put upon its tail.”
— Simple Simon
The Scientific Method doubts itself
and runs experiments designed to fail —
run once, or twice or all the way to twelfth,
at least so far as funding can prevail.
It’s just to test assumptions
to prove the things we’ve guessed at all along,
and, since we take too many things for facts,
it shakes our balance,
when it shows we’re wrong,
but wrong and right get undermined by truth –
the bottom line that Science always seeks,
oblivious to the accepted couth
when curiosity peaks.
obsessed with its care
and our best guide
to within or out there.