Schrödinger’s Cat

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To be and to not be – that is a question!
Answerable only to Schrödinger’s cat
Who exists at the point
Where hard science touches
The sublime softness of poetry.

‘A thought experiment’ mutters the scientist.
The poet smiles knowingly, ‘A symbol.
The thing which stands in for a thing.’
Two names for one tool seeking to unlock
The enigma of quantum reality.

And the cat? Sitting in its box
It cares and cares not of such things
As science and poetry.
Unseen it awaits observation which determines
Life or death.

 

I wrote this poem in the hope of it being accepted as part of  Alternating Current’s Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists

 

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Pavlov’s Dogs

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Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
Salivating for knowledge
In a dog eat dog world,
Created conditions
For new learning
With stimulating research
Of Nobel stature.
Is this ringing any bells?

 

I wrote this poem in the hope of it being accepted as part of  Alternating Current’s Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists

 

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Every Word

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If I were a better man

Than the man I am

I would write a verse or two

More or less to express to you

My feelings

If I can

 

And in these lines

I’d hope you’d find

A love that’s taken wing

For every word

Would be a bird

That I had taught to sing

 

This poem was inspired by the title of the book Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

I recorded this on Soundcloud for Poetry Matters

Tesseract

A Wrinkle In Time

The tesseract is real my dear

Upon realization the universe unlocks

All is now possible and

A dark and stormy night becomes

Just a dark and stormy night

 

This poem was written as part of a contest by Zoetic Press based on the book A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It is meant to celebrate the arrival of Mrs. Whatsit in Meg’s life on a dark and stormy night.

Overs and Unders

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Ignored and forgotten. The overlooked.
Inedible and disgusting. The undercooked.

Chunky and well rounded. The overfed.
Poetry from Ghana. The under read.

Chuffed and delighted. The overjoyed.
Redundant and resentful. The underemployed.

Frivolous with cash. The overcompensated.
Questioning motivations. The underappreciated.

Conquered and oppressed. The overrun.
Just a bit more time. The underdone.

Crowded and compressed. The overpopulated.
Soft and slightly sagging. The underinflated.

Climbing up the walls. The overstressed.
Casual to a fault. The underdressed.

Flattered beyond belief. The overrated.
Misguided and distrustful. The undereducated.

Bursting at the banks. The overflowed.
Dragged out to sea. The undertowed.

Too much information. The overexplained.
Wandering round confused. The undertrained.

Straining at the seams. The over expanded.
Conniving and deceitful. The underhanded.

Caught without a visa. The overstayed.
Grumpy and cantankerous. The underpaid.

 

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Lessons I’ve Learnt From Pigeons

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Alexander wept,

For there were no more worlds to conquer.

For myself,

I am a flighter not a fighter.

 

You will find no medals

Blazoned up my chest.

My badge of honour?

Unbroken skin and blood within.

 

Heroes of old are admired

Even by me and mine.

Their statues make fine

Places of rest.

 

You of course deride my ethos,

Failing to see the irony

That a world where we all fear

Is a world that has nothing to fear.

 

My mindset bemuses, confuses,

It grates, irritates.

So you turn to confront

And find me

 

Gone.

 

Written for Rattle.com Ekphrastic Challenge

 

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Left, Left, Leaving

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When you left

I was left

With an image of you

Clear and distinct.

That was then.

This is now.

Memory evolves.

Revolves.

The mind shuffling the deck of;

What I know,

What I see,

What I remember.

Until it is

Green, not green,

Blue, not blue,

Leaving

You there, not there.

 

Written for Rattle.com Ekphrastic Challenge

 

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The Decline and Fall Of

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On a distant continent, random thoughts pass as policy.

Intellect defied and not a grain of truth to be had. “Sad!”

Stock markets soar, the base roars “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

Is this the decline and fall? “Build the wall! Build the wall!”

Sheer madness.

 

This poem was written for the 5th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

 

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Left Hanging

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It’s a point of contention

In our happy home,

That the sole representative

Of the feminine kind

Is kitchen in command.

 

Born to bear boys

She fends for male mouths

Hungry and expectant.

 

There’s no lack of gratitude –

“Thanks Mum”

As plates are put down.

 

There’s no lack of gratitude –

“That was great”

As plates are removed.

 

It’s a silent contention

In our happy home.

But someday

Those pots will be left hanging

And she’ll be gone.

 

Written for the Strokestown Poetry Festival 20 Photos, 20 Lines Competition

 

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