We arrived into this world as sensory machines

Curiosity rovers roaming the landscape

Equipped with tools and instruments

So that we can lock on to our targets

And miss them at the same time

We have eyes that are made to become mesmerized

distracting the brain from seeing

Ears that only feel safe in the company of sounds 

and fail to recognize silence

Noses that can only detect prey or danger

that are afraid to smell the ocean

for fear that they may fall in.

But there is one more instrument,

that prefers to hide under the skin

working alone in the dark

to the sound of drums.

It is blind

Can’t smell or see

Yet it succeeds when all others fail

helping the rover find its direction

or to simply learn to stay still

George is an author, researcher, podcaster, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, join his mailing list, or enjoy his books

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