Go and Plant a Tree

Plant a tree Go Barbados and plant A palm tree Turn the water off Drink booze Take a shower with Someone else Take a shower with Rhianna This is a poem written by a ‘non-expert’, as part of a research project which used poetry to develop dialogue around environmental change. The theme of this poem … Read more

Sex Change

Besides the tranquil sea and sun-bleached sand, The turtles find a place to make their nest; Probing the rolling crescents of the land, To find a place where incubation’s best. Now buried like a golf ball in a dune, The eggs begin to undergo great change; To their surroundings they must now attune, With gender … Read more

An Internal Scale

Your body has a set of scales, To help to regulate the fat; Detecting where your weight is at, A backup as your leptin fails.   It keeps you on more healthy trails, By checking out your habitat; Your body has a set of scales, To help to regulate the fat.   Attaching weights to … Read more

What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow

This city is alive with music, magic and dance Underpinned with an industrial heart That beats with the vibrancy of scientific discovery. From the transit of Venus to the first railway station, Manchester has a place in the soul of our nation; With Turing’s ‘baby’ computer and the first test-tube baby, This is a city … Read more

Don’t HIIT too Hard

Hormones are made when we keep fit, Inside our bodies they emit; Imbuing us with strength unbarred, Try not to push yourself too hard.   Hooked up to a big P.E.T., Injected with activity; In search of pleasure’s calling card, Try not to push yourself too hard.   High settings are not always right, Increasing … Read more

A Collective Noun for Science

A valley in the sands of time, Beyond a place, a paradigm; A confluence, a new frontier, Where science breaks the bonds of fear.   Across the ancient steppes of sheep: A city that we wake from sleep; Their gratitude we now endear, Where science breaks the bonds of fear.   With every new idea … Read more

We Are All Made of Stars

13.8 billion years ago the universe EXPLODED into life Cutting through space time like a celestial knife Through butter and Bringing with it every permutation And combination of events that Will ever occur. The remnants of that blast Forgot the heat of their ferocious past, And the tiny particles came together To form elements of … Read more

The Division of Life

Meiosis is the way new life is made, Two rounds of cell division is its aim; This is how information is conveyed, Ensuring pairs of chromosomes remain.   Two rounds of cell division is its aim, And whilst it tries its best this match to make; Ensuring pairs of chromosomes remain Means that the offspring’s … Read more

An Astronaut’s Broken Heart

Launched into space like puppets on a string, These metal ships danced fiercely on the waves; Such precious cargo was held deep within, Laden with men who would see early graves. A tranquil sea lay out before their eyes, Revealing scenes that only they have seen; The shadow of the Earth in a sunrise, Would … Read more

It Isn’t Really Up to Me

With climate change now set in stone I go to turn on my TV, And watch the other people moan: “It isn’t really up to me.”   “I heard the US fracked for oil, And China built some factory; It’s them who rape and rot and spoil, It isn’t really up to me.”   Of … Read more

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