While my daughter was growing up, I wrote her a poem for her birthday each year. I’ve gotten out of the habit the past few years, but brought it back for her 21st birthday (a few weeks late). She is a biochemistry major who hopes to pursue graduate school after next year’s graduation and who wants to go into pharmaceutical research. She’s already started with her undergraduate research on baceriophages. Her university is part of the SEA-PHAGES program through the University of Pittsburgh.
I knew nothing about phages before she started this research, but I love how excited she is to share what she’s learning (even when some of it goes over my head). If you want to learn more about phage, check out the TED talk by Heather Hendrickson. Her TED talk inspired the title. My daughter recommends this video for an introduction to phage. Don’t freak out too much. She assures me that they won’t cause a zombie apocalypse.
I tried my first Fib poem (syllable counts for each line follow the Fibonacci sequence – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and back down again in my poem). It received rave reviews from its first reader, who assured me I got the science right!
teem in dirt and seas,
undiscovered. Nature’s ninjas
lie in wait for their very own
Each Friday, I am excited to take part in Poetry Friday, where writers share their love of all things poetry. Carol hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Carol’s Corner. She shares a heartwarming poem from her experience raising a puppy for Canine Partners of the Rockies. She even has pictures of an adorable Rooney who will one day help someone with mobility issues. Hurry over and check out all the poetry morsels offered up today.