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The Horrid Voice of Science

"There's machinery in the
           butterfly;
      There's a mainspring to the
           bee;
There's hydraulics to a daisy,
      And contraptions to a tree."

"If we could see the birdie
           That makes the chirping sound
With x-ray, scientific eyes,
      We could see the wheels go
      round."

And I hope all men
Who think like this
Will soon lie
Underground.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Vachel Lindsay

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, born on November 10, 1879 in Springfield, Illinois, was an American poet known for his public recitations and itinerant lifestyle.

Date Published: 1919-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/horrid-voice-science