Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 15,775 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Hot-Wired Super-Fast Brain [correction] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

I love Channel 182, Nat Geo Wild, there always is
some programme about crocodiles, we were taught
crocodiles survive temperature changes by hiding in
tunnels deep in the earth, their heart rate slows until
it rains again - tonight scientists teach crocodilians
are quite intelligent, displaying learned behaviour

They know where to look for prey, now they say there
were super crocs in the time of the dinosaurs, double
the size of today’s largest crocs, the super one was a
terrible menace feasting on dinosaurs very often, they
have a forty-year old crocodile still growing, nobody
knows how big it can grow – scientists speculate

About a possible future croczilla with a 2-metre skull;
no longer are fantasy & fairytales limited to children,
tales of super-large animals are happily regarded by
Serious Men - I like crocodiles just as they are with a
hot-wired super-fast reflex brain which mammals also
possess in the brain stem below the frontal cortex

Bypassing slow conceptualisation in language terms
leading to immediate reaction without being deterred
by slow evaluation, enabling survival in a threatening
situation - hurrah for the reptile brain which keeps us
safe, symbolised by the scary crocodile featuring on
Nat Geo Wild all the time!

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Friday Night 6 September 2013

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 9, 2013

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