Translucent Vessels

Vessels Running beneath my skin – Like the network Of a tightly-knit Urban sprawl. All closely ravelled together – A well-trod map to my Heart. But too complex to build Or print. Our greatest Artificial cartographers cannot reconstruct The interlacing web of hidden alleyways And ginnels lurking beneath the surface. So instead we turn to nature; … Read more

Echoes in the Dunes

From nothing came a burst of blinding light, With waves that trickled out to every shore; For eons, they were hidden out of sight, Just shimmers of some swift cosmic encore.   But now these ancient signals are revealed, Structures since built contaminate their yield. We urge the silence of this barren land: Reveal to … Read more

A Disappearing Shadow

Dappled silhouettes amongst the trees – A lost memory of verdant lands. Your fragmented impressions Have disappeared from view; All that remains is An empty shell Which one day Too will Fade. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research that has succeeded in comparing the movement and space use of jaguars across five different … Read more

The Bees’ Scented Secrets

The bees effervescently Secreted sweet scents. They smelt smelly feet Then went wherever The sweetest smells went. They neglected the less Sweet smells, Seeded the scene, Then entered the nest. This is a univocalic poem (using only the ’e’ vowel) inspired by recent research that has investigated the extent to which bumblebees can identify markers … Read more

A Piscine Problem

Urea, that’s contained in wee, Plus chlorine gives us DBP; This makes our eyes stream like a fool, Please do not piss into the pool.   Deciding how much pee is there, Can be quite a complex affair; What’s needed is a special tool, Please do not piss into the pool.   The sweetener that … Read more

In Search of New Life

Far into space, amongst the darkest Sea New planets sit like marbles in a row. We turn our eyes to find out what might be And search for patterns in their ether’s flow; Then try to see what else might lie below. And as we probe how life’s rich web was spun, Do they look … Read more

Building Materials

By building a new Minecraft mod, Researchers found a way to turn A world that was both fun and odd Into a place where Steve could learn.   Replacing wood with elements And buildings with experiments. A learning tool that rewards skills, That people want to play for thrills! This is a Rispetto, inspired by … Read more

Solar Stranding

The waves assault an unfamiliar shore, As bodies writhe beneath the azure sheet; And astral squalls prepare their tools of war.   Cascading whitecaps far above the floor Conceal the lines where sky and ocean meet; The waves assault an unfamiliar shore.   Gigantic bubbles venture to explore Beyond the confines of their solar heat; … Read more

Crustacean Cloning

Split into two, I glisten in the shallow shore. Split into two; A bitter taste of déjà vu. You guard me with a tender claw, Before deciding I’m worth more Split into two. This is a Rondelet, inspired by recent research that investigates the relationship between the Lybia crab and a sea anemone species belonging … Read more

Sonnet to Science

Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art! Your reason built the grounds on which we stand. But now the time has come for us to part – You don’t fit in with what I have got planned. So cover up your insights with my lies, And bury all your findings underground. I’ll cloak your … Read more

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