How is’t
herbs, roots, bark
and other paraphernalia 
in witching brew
have yielded
their secret properties
 — for next to nothing?

Could the swamis
and druids
 — not usually associated
with busy bees — 
have discovered that encyclopedia 
(human error notwithstanding)
in the short space
 — a dinosaur’s yawning dawn — 
we’ve trod the earth?

Could it be
we’re getting
curiouser and curiouser — ?

— and just think! 
All this
while we slept!