The Pain of Uncertainty Index

Water-walking wasp, Euodynerus crypticus: Clever, but trivial? A little like magic in that you cannot quite figure out the difference between pain and illusion. Pain level: 1
—Justin O. Schmidt, “Pain Scale for Stinging Insects”


Night screech	               Startle, the heart-race after a human
                          	               scream. Then silence and only suspicion of
                          	               a crime. Perhaps a rabbit 
                          	               has flown off with an owl.
Gas-tank light	               Imagine yourself yesterday,	
                          	               hesitating, then driving on, calculating
                          	               incorrectly the momentum of loss.