Science Cafe: Critical Thinking

20170420_200227Tonight was the Science Cafe on Critical Thinking. It’s always a fun challenge to write a poem in “real time” and my fellow Living Poets, Tara Lynne Groth, Angie Kirby and Anna Weaver were well up for the task while I stole lines from a 80’s comedian.

Since I had to write something based on the presentation anyway, I thought I’d also incorporate the daily prompt which, fortunately, was fairly generic.

For today’s prompt, write a task poem. The task can be some glorious duty, or it can be a seemingly small and insignificant job. Or the poem can take someone to task. It’s your task to figure it out and write it.

A Brain’s Task

Our brains weren’t designed.
Their sole task is to make little brains
and scientists don’t get the girls
in short skirts
and wide hips.

We see faces in the clouds,
patterns that aren’t even there
but better see a predator in the grass
that isn’t there than die
from a false negative.

As Emo Phillips once said, the human
brain is the most remarkable organ

but think about what’s telling you that.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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3 Responses to Science Cafe: Critical Thinking

  1. Pingback: A cardinal, an owl and a raven walk into a bar… | Bartholomew Barker, Poet

  2. Emily Cooper says:

    Sudden Clarity Clarence meme:

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