A poem by:
First published in 1968 in: Panther Science Fiction entitled: Frontier of Going by Panther Books
An anthology of space poetry: selected by John Fairfax.
At least a second addition was published.
Surgeons lifted the giant turtle on to the operating table,
an amphibious reptile with grafted human legs and limbs.
Now the master stroke of surgical whims.
A human brain implant, specially selected
with ‘high intelligence quotient’,
cold-stored for this ‘great-day’.
Hours later the creature lay,
wedged in a cot, filled with hay.
A contemporated patient,
the answer to space-men’s prayers.
Having natural hypothermia,
capable of survival underwater,
or changes in air pressures,
and shielded by a carapace.
“We’ve done it! a brain, a human brain, how clever!”
Visions of universological explorations of many kinds.
by this hybrid, swirled their minds.
Ability to traverse rough terrain on two legs,
work out human-type problems,
turn knobs with fingers and thumbs,
and lay eggs.