Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why Can't I Conceive of What I Don't Know?

Known Nescience
by Rachel Hoyt

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If only I'd known
to ask me tomorrow,
I wouldn't have sewn
that seed that caused sorrow;
but then how would I
have known what to tell me?
I suppose that blind eye
was what helped me see.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

BoingBoing explained why we are totally unaware
of the many things we can't know (and we don't even care).

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Could We Learn to Coexist with Wildfires?

Behind Old Smokey
by Rachel Hoyt

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When they named me Smokey,
Do you think they knew?
Did they set that spark free
To shift blame to you?
What if mitigation
Is just a nice myth?
What if propagation
Is every thing's pith?
Word around the forest
Is that you don't know -
Flames don't die, they just rest
While smoke steals the show.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

(Some researchers at UCSB inspired me
to wonder what Smokey would say if he could see
the results of their wildfire study.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How We Learn So Many Things That Aren't True

by Rachel Hoyt

Sometimes the plain facts
Don't seem enough;
Sometimes one reacts
By adding fluff;
Sometimes the teachers
Teach what they want;
Sometimes the preachers
Want words that daunt;
Sometimes what we know
Just became true
Because the "facts" flowed
From them to you.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This poem was inspired

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