[CONTEST POEM #7]
Though often claimed to be our signal flaw:
Our fond propensity to transcend law,
It’s nonetheless that very errant trait
That can distinguish us and make us great.
Though other species’ acts are bound by rules
Of sanity, we’re free to act like fools,
And yet that freedom leads us to explore
New possibilities not tried before.
While such behavior lost us Paradise,
Such curiosity can still entice
Us to engage in other dangerous deeds
Resulting in what now and then succeeds,
For innovation always entails risk
And heedlessness of critics who tisk-tisk.