Data, our Operations Officer aboard USS Enterprise was a Soong-type android. He was sure that his goal in life was to learn what it means to Human; to experience the world like his cremates. One attempt to achieve that was by writing poetry. Below are two poems he wrote as a result.
A Sunset Bloom
Beginning part of the poem is considered to be lost.
[…] “Then we sat on the sand for some time and observed
How the oceans that cover the world were perturbed
By the tides from the orbiting moon overhead
‘How relaxing the sound of the waves is,’ you said
I began to expound upon tidal effects
When you asked me to stop, looking somewhat perplexed
So I did not explain why the sunset turns red
And we watched the occurrence in silence instead.”
Ode to Spot
Spot was cat Data kept aboard the USS Enterprise. This poem was written in his honor.
“Felis catus 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 aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
O Spot, the complex levels of behavior 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.”