Soft Scientist by Herb Kauderer

Soft Scientist
Herb Kauderer

The psychologist scours every fragment of foreign life
seeking some flame to call sentience.
Like some overeager foster parent
she searches for a resemblance, not meant to be,

looking to make this lush golden world
a part of her family. She composes treatises
on the crawling rocks & the herd mentality of the
bright flat leaf plants that migrate across

the rolling hills in search of ash & water.
In the shadow of a volcano
she tries to rewrite criteria
to justify making this world a partner

instead of one more coin in the coffer.
But her discipline is unrelenting
no matter how soft the bones that support it.

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