Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Accidents of Art and Science"

This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "accident" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

"Accidents of Art and Science"

Technology advances less by
cries of "Eureka!" than it does by
mutters of "Huh? That's odd!"

There are accidents of art --
spilled paint and unpredictable blends --
which give rise to techniques like
salt splash and batik.

There are accidents of science --
forgotten, moldy dishes and
unexpected reactions -- that
lead to silly putty, liquid paper,
and post-it notes.

To be an artist or a scientist
is much the same -- a life built with
situational awareness that revolves
around a sense of wonder instead of fear --
differing only in the mode of expression.

It is not what we intend which expands
our horizons, but our accidents, and that

depends on knowing which mistakes to keep.

* * *

Accidental art can be very beautiful, and has inspired a variety of painting techniques.

Accidental science is an important part of history, which has led to numerous inventions.
Tags: art, cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, history, poem, poetry, reading, science, weblit, writing
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