Fractured Water

Within the hidden pores of ancient rock, Clandestine remnants of our past lie trapped And whisper of the future they unlock.   As these seductive murmurs leave us rapt, We penetrate the soil with straws of steel To drink from fresh reserves we find untapped.   But first we need to break the stony seal, … Read more

Curiosity Did Not Kill Schrödinger’s Cat

Why am I a scientist? Partly due to personal perseverance And perspiration. But I wouldn’t even have had the chance To work Up A Sweat If I had not been encouraged from an early age That the world was my experimental stage. So, when I asked my mum and dad For the tenth, The twentieth, … Read more

The Mouths in the Cave

In reefs and caves you make a vibrant nest, Your shells erect majestic, living rocks; As sunlight burns you scheme whilst taking rest, But when the night sets in, your case unlocks. As tendrils slither through the murky brine, They taste the brackish soup for future prey; A thousand tiny mouths now wait in line, … Read more

An Unwanted Tomb

With lines on maps too hard to see, Some call for less transparency; The nightmares of an orange clown, As walls go up the life goes down.   Our sisters, brothers, foes, and friends, Will not escape this ethnic cleanse; There’ll just be ghosts, no border town, As walls go up the life goes down. … Read more

A Breath in Time

Within the salt-encrusted lakes of time, Are secret bubbles formed by primal cast; We excavate these drops from faded brine, To understand the structure of your past. They ratify and filter our forecast That Gaia’s breath was once a weakened wheeze, Devoid of life and luscious chloroplast. By reading samples from an ancient breeze, We … Read more

A Battle of Conservation

The island shores run red with blood, As vermin stalk and kill their prey; A grisly, feather-strewn display, As flights are culled with deathly thud.   But waste breathes life into the clay, So nutrients drain from the mud As vermin stalk and kill their prey; The island shores run red with blood.   The … Read more

Diabetic Breath

Within each breathe of air we need to live, Are carried tiny particles of dust; These specks pass through our bodies’ finest sieve, And cause our lungs and hearts to tar and rust.   This dirt can soil the glucose that we make, With diabetes now a risk we take; The most at threat from … Read more

Listening for Messages in the Bubbles

Hidden deep beneath the briny, see-through floor You seep effervescently from your veiled crack, Belching out a defiant, aquatic roar.   You strive to escape the waters cold and black, Taking your leave via the nearest slip road; Breaking the surface with euphoric feedback.   Listening to your secret, amphibious code, We measure the pitch … Read more

Learning to Listen

As weathers change the birds migrate, Flocking en masse like living freight; They have decanted overseas, The notes of birdsong on the breeze.   In mapping out when this takes place, We listen for a vocal trace; And sift through sounds with expertise, The notes of birdsong on the breeze.   But straining every avian … Read more

Fenced In

You roamed amongst the distant glens and lochs, Untamed in your ascendency and pride; Traversing pristine firths and folded rocks, An apex that was grey and yellow eyed. And then we trapped and took you from your land, Your pelts and hides we hung as tainted plaques; Our own predation then started as planned But … Read more

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