Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eighty-second poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman and some illustrated ‘friends’.
Fantastic Nano Voyage
Marvelous mini stealth machines
Built to submarine
Through hearts and lungs and veins
And even through our very brains
Teensy weensy Edward Scissorhands
Will nip and tuck our genes
And precisely snip our proteins
They will mount a frantic search
For dangerous enemy perps
Using scientific criterion
They spy cellular delirium
Their precise attacks discover
Rogue bacterium undercover
Then they will deliver
Their deadly chemical droplets
And fatal atom bomblets
No sneaky bio instigators
Will escape these nano regulators
So why don’t I feel confident
When considering nano competence?
Well, when I stop to think
It doesn’t seem quite sane
To have a steely Pac Man game
Coursing through my tender veins
And tell me please
Just who’s in charge
Just who will tell them when to stop
If here before your very eyes
I suddenly disintegrate
Right upon the spot!
c.5/2006 Sandy Hartman
I asked Sandy what prompted this piece and she said…
So many wonderful and yet challenging developments are happening in the world of science. I started this poem seven years ago when I first read of the possible incredible developments arising in the field of nano particle research.
As the science matured, I struggled through hundreds of poetic revisions to somehow relay this new world to those who enjoy the art of poetry. I have always felt that the art in science is deeply under served, and I have tried at times to tinker with poetic works using subjects drawn from true science. Well, I found out that is a difficult undertaking for those with less then very clever minds. Yet innocence persists and I found a wonderful poetic format to express the almost impossible… the rollicking rhythms and silliness of children’s poetry. A lovely paradox, indeed.
I loved it (and the cute pictures). Thank you, Sandy.
Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site eonwriter.com. Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests. She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.
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