Ode to Spot


through out national syndication, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Schisms” airs today.
while the episode itself was not much to talk about, one element did make an impression:  Data’s rendition of a poem “written in his own hand:” Ode to Spot.
it was about his cat.

i love this poem, so here it is:

Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

  • Data
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~ by ritamerlot on November 29, 2010.

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