Friday, May 15, 2015

Bio Poems

If it is a terrifying thought that life is at the mercy of the multiplication of these minute bodies [microbes], it is a consoling hope that Science will not always remain powerless before such enemies...
~Louis Pasteur

I read "Helen Keller" by Langston Hughes and knew I wanted to share it with you all. It inspired me to try to write one in a similar form about another historical figure. Not sure it's a good idea to share both of them at the same time, but I am going to suck it up and do it anyway. If anybody else wants to try this form, please share your poem with me!

Helen Keller with her dog Kamikaze

Helen Keller
by Langston Hughes

In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.
Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul's own mastery.
And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.


Louis Pasteur performing an experiment

Louis Pasteur
by Tabatha Yeatts

tiny worlds
to reveal microbiology.
key connections
to shield humanity.
And so the world receives
from his insight:
Tools defeating
microbes' might.


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Diane Mayr said...

Nice job, Tabatha. I may be back later with a contribution, but, at the rate I'm going with the round-up, it doubtful. Are you planning a project?

Diane Mayr said...

it's doubtful (I'm not going to stress over commenting, I'm not going to stress over commenting, I'm not going to...)

Joy said...

You suck it up very nicely, dear. I like your poem. I love bio poems. I will try to take the information from my poem today on SEQUOIA and see if I can fit him into your form. At
I think your poem is marvelous, fantastic, terrific. I'm sure Louie would be pleased.

Keri said...

I have lingering goosebumps. Your hesitation to share is misplaced -- your poem is a masterpiece. I daresay a collection of biographical poems of this stature would be something to behold. In modern terms: wowie wow wow. :-)

jama said...

Brava! Excellent poem, Tabatha! So glad you decided to try the form and share :).

Joy said...

THANK YOU for the inspiration. I got old Sequoia into your 12 lines and I repeated the rhyming end words. I've posted my poem on my blog for Saturday. It goes live at midnight MST.

Was there more to the form than that? I checked syllables and words/line and didn't see a pattern there.
I'm going to share your poem with my husband, as an immunologist I'm sure he'll enjoy it too.

Anonymous said...

I love your ode to Pasteur, a man worthy of lingering fame. And I love Langston Hughes poetry. We both shared one by him today. :-)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Really well done, Tabatha. Summing up someone's life and import in 12 lines intimidates me. I may just stick with the clerihew.