A Dusty Eviction

Within the grimy creases of our home, Lurk microbes poised and floating in the dust; A sullied sign that we are not alone.   We treat these scrounging tenants with disgust, Yet most of them just want to co-exist; To which our incensed manners seem unjust.   By letting sunlight …

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Brittle Eyes

Across the vibrant reefs you snake and crawl, In search of shelter from an unseen threat; The shadows write their names in salty scrawl, Your body intertwined in blind duet.   You see the world without a lens or eye, As veiled photoreceptors help you scry; Your skin a dense …

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Is This the End?

Is this the end of everything you were? A burst of light, a hurried, fractious blur. The final breath into the distant night, Reminding us of how you once burnt bright; Fond memories that you wish could reoccur.   The ending from which you could not deter, Your sunburnt gold …

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A Fake Diamond in the Sky

Your pockmarked face conceals a hidden truth, Guarding your age like some resentful crone And leading us astray with dreams of youth. A replica of our most precious stone, Brought down by men whose footsteps fouled your home, Reveals to us when your decay set in. Your secret is no …

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A Circle of Life

  This is a shape poem, inspired by recent research that found the roundest object ever observed in nature to be a distant star called Kepler 11145123. Stars are not perfect spheres, as the centrifugal force that is created as they rotate forces them to oblate (i.e. flatten at the …

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Written in the Stars

You sit there coarsely oscillating, Calling to us through the ether Beneath a blanket of stars. You swim against the tide, Pass a tent of clouds, And come to rest. Then flicker In to Life.     This is a nonet inspired by recent research, which investigated the peculiar behaviour …

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Do Not Go into Artificial Light

Do not go into artificial light, Our lamps can bring an end to fragile life; Fly, fly away into the shrouded night.   Your passion like a candle burns too bright, And danger lurks in shadows like a knife; Do not go into artificial light.   We harvest you from …

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As Cancer Leaves us in the Dark

As cancer leaves us in the dark where is the light? We need some way to track new drugs as they embark In vivo through our bloodied tubes to take our fight; As cancer leaves us in the dark.   Fluorescent proteins can produce a guiding spark, Yet must be …

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