As a scientist, I am curious , but I have long sight,
I focus on what’s far away , on glamour and light.
In the field of the extraterrestrial I proudly advance,
Identifying earth-like planets, seeking a chance:
To talk to alien beings from some far star
Show them how level-headed and logical we are!
Thus I mused as I dropped off to sleep,
But my dreams were all of swimming in the deep.
I dreamt I was straining to understand the many tales
Interesting stories told by sharks,fish and whales.
They joked about pressure changes , squids , crab’s claws,
About beeps and pings from a sea monster that never was.
Their frames of reference were so alien to me:
My senses opaque to what they could feel or see–
I understood that there are nearer planets we could explore–
Communicate with exotic beings,
Map our Earth’s sea and core!