And More Poetry: Water On The Lens

Water On The Lens
–John Isbell

There is water on the lens.
There is dust in the gears.
There is snow on the screen.
There is noise on the line.
When­ev­er we push THIS button,
We get THIS junk.
We took out the whole cen­tral unit,
And cleaned it,
But it still does­n’t work.
We rerout­ed the feed.
We reviewed the code for bugs.
We recal­i­brat­ed the instruments,
But the read­ings are wrong.
Green is not the oppo­site of blue.
2 + 2 is not 11.
Up is not sideways.
Inside is not outside.
None of this makes any sense!
Recal­i­brate the instru­ments again.
Old is not the same as young.
There is water on the lens.
All the test tubes are overflowing.
The cell cul­tures have been contaminated.
Mer­cury is orbit­ing Saturn.
There is water on the lens.

East­er Sun­day, 2004.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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