I’ve decided to take foot to Dave Ng’s call for science+art writing.
What I’ve done is reached back through the 5 years of undergraduate science courses I have taken, and ‘randomly’ (not so randomly) taken words from my memory to form science-ladden Haiku. I may or may not have used the actual words, in which case they only served to inspire.
My word list:
- Coleopteran: pertaining to beetles (order Coleoptera)
- Detritivore: a heterotrophic organism (eats things to gain energy – like us, but unlike plants) that feeds on dead or decaying organisms
- Chemotaxis: a movement toward or away from a chemical stimulus
- Decarboxylation: a chemical reaction involving the removal of a carboxyl group as carbon dioxide
- Nanoflagellate: a generic term for a small, single celled flagellate (member of the overarching Kingdom Protista)
And the results (bear in mind – I’m not a Haiku master…yet):
bites constitute a mighty
(I realise this isn’t in the form of a traditional Haiku, but starting and ending with one word – c’mon, fun!)
sit still, stop spinning, slowdown,
(when you watch these tiny cells under a microscope, they zoom past your field of vision – making it nearly impossible to identify exactly what you saw)
Vroom goes the car vroom,
Smash goes the wooden fence smash.
Dead cattle say nil.
(Inspired by: detritivore)
Chemophiles can kill:
can too much carbon
(Inspired by: chemotaxis and decarboxylation; NOTE: chemophile is not a real word, although I wish it were)