. On Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields Are we just rats within a maze? Perhaps. But then perhaps there’s more to rats than what We know. Take for example rats completing A water-maze within a lab at Harvard. At first they're slow, of course, but soon they change. A drive to live compels them to escape At any cost and learn the obstacles They sense may set them free. And they succeed, Increasing their completion time tenfold. When all of this is done, two groups of rats Of the same breed in Scotland and Australia Attempt exactly the same water-maze, But do not start so slow; in fact they’re quick And pick up where the Harvard rats left off, Improving further as they go—a trick? Was there a meeting of the rats to plan How foreign cousins could defeat the maze? Unlikely. Yet the knowledge clearly passed As signals would between antenna arrays… And then it all seems rather simple if We first assume all matter is alive, Antennas just as much as rats in cages. From this then we will naturally arrive At how two animals of breed alike Send signals through the gaps in time and space, Transporting knowledge over waves unseen Between hard shores of gender, blood, and race; The DNA and genes just a machine Receiving then relaying information As will a tuning fork send resonance Creating a vibrating transformation, But not in any fork with variance Just in the one that has an equal weight. And so a fetal egg grows a giraffe And like their parents, birds can navigate Vast distances without a single gaffe And many mysteries that scholars dare To claim are solved are newly laid out bare--- No preconceptions misplaced everywhere, Obscuring gleaming truths that burn and scare. . Poet's Note: Read more about Sheldrake's work at sheldrake.org and in Scientific American. Or watch his banned Ted Talk here. . . Evan Mantyk teaches literature and history in New York and is President of the Society of Classical Poets.