Sunday, April 18, 2010

Poem A Day: Day 17

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 17
Posted by Robert

For today's prompt, write a science poem. Science encompasses a lot, so your poem doesn't have to be scientific to still be a science poem. For instance, you could have a poem titled something like "The Science of Love," and then examine a relationship. Voila! A science poem! Of course, it'll be interesting to see how many poets talk about volcanoes and single cell organisms, not to mention finding out how many "mad scientists" are out there. 

In order for my poem to make sense, you have to read Robert lee Brewer's poem Scientific Method because I chose to write a response to his.

Here's what I came up with, mimicking as best I could his style and subject:

She Blinded Me with Science
A response to Robert Lee Brewer’s “Scientific Method”

Once upon a time, a princess
Was captured by a dragon, and
Five knights neglected to save her
From her perilous position

The last knight abandoned the quest
as an unsound proposition,
reasoning instead to pursue
the princess’ four younger sisters.

The first princess merely spurned him,
for as a knight he had not been
successful, neither in battle
nor in his prowess to rescue.

The second openly mocked him
as a coward who shied from a
challenge. She hurled at him scathing
affronts that wounded his manhood.

The third and fourth tried to lure him
with ribbons and feminine wiles,
and then when it came time to tempt
him, they gave him nothing but smiles.

But the youngest princess said, “Sir,
I find fault with your logic, for
you deduced our sister’s plight as
hopeless; Ne’er thought you of our hearts.”

Thank you for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I think this is one of my favorites; ironic that it has such traditional structure. I have been struggling to determine what makes a poem '
    "good" but haven't really decided what I want a such a poem to achieve. I guess my existentialism requires achievement. Yours made me laugh, even though I am unfamiliar with the reference. I won't be in a couple of hours. Anyway, I know I like narrative forms, and you told a solid and funny story here. Although you have seen much trouble, I am happy to note that you have much happiness, too. That's a big part of why we all love you so much.