Saturday, 17 August 2013

Wondered Awe

Tomorrow is bad poetry day! With that in mind, Fred Bortz over at SciFact Central posted a challenge. He asked us to write a science poem (not necessarily a good one). In addition, he said we'd get extra credit if we wrote a sonnet.

I'm not sure I've ever read a sonnet before, much less written one. But not being one to shy from a challenge easily. Here goes. With apologies to Murray Gell-Mann and particle physicists everywhere, James Joyce, Willy the Shake, David Deutsch, and anyone else, living or dead that might take offense.

Wondered Awe
a sonnet by Rick Lime

Some physicists have seen the face of god
Now which upon the other puts a charm
It’s strange beyond the point of being odd
And who am I to color an alarm

Yet here’s the spin “Three quarks for Muster Mark!”
The flavor of his toast is justly earned
“The rummest rooster flopped from Noah’s ark”
The charge be us, all glad in what we learned

But fabric from our world is like a veil
In heaven and on earth lie many things
Just out of reach that make our knowledge pale
And hubris hides what’s waiting in the wings

So, truth be told they know not what they saw
While onward let us look in wondered awe