The Horrid Voice of Science

By Vachel Lindsay 1879–1931 Vachel Lindsay
"There's machinery in the butterfly;
         There's a mainspring to the bee;
There's hydraulics to a daisy,
         And contraptions to a tree.

"If we could see the birdie
         That makes the chirping sound
With x-ray, scientific eyes,
    We could see the wheels go round."

And I hope all men
Who think like this
Will soon lie

Source: Poetry (August 1919).


This poem originally appeared in the August 1919 issue of Poetry magazine

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August 1919
 Vachel  Lindsay


Vachel Lindsay became famous in his day as a traveling bard whose dramatic delivery in public readings helped keep appreciation for poetry as a spoken art alive in the American Midwest. With their strong rhythms rooted in the American vernacular, revival meetings, the soap box, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe and William Blake, poems such as "The Santa Fe Trail," "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight," and "The Congo" have become . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Animals, Humor & Satire

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