Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

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Steel yourself young man

For Green beer and pipe music

Patrick’s day is near


Been told I’ve a talk

Haven’t a clue where or when

Some preparation


Over one year past

I tied the knot bye a tower

A year of pure love.


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First trip from Chile

To not so warm Florida

I saw manatees


Queuing for visas

Lines going around the block

Many hours to wait


Job applications

Interviews, practice classes

Lots of work to do

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My wife is in bed

Sick with a blocked nose and cough

Treatment, tea and hugs


Dangerous spiders

May be found sneaking in our flat

They sure love bathrooms


Grandmother’s Birthday

She has reached one hundred years

And still going strong

Mother’s Lament

When you were young

It was simple

I would see your cuts, apply a plaster

and hold you until the tears went away

To me you would go and with me you would find succour

It was simple, the magical powers of a mother´s love

But now,

I see not the cuts, cuts that break into your soul

But I see how the darkness consumes you

I see each and every day how you grow worse and worse

Unable to talk, unable to ask for help

When I try to be close you push me away

Harsh words, cruel sentiments

But false, I can see the pain in your eyes

But there is No simple fix

No plaster, no kiss to take the tears away

Nothing I can do

But see you in your pain

And all I can do is share it

Join your misery in my mother’s lament

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It’s raining outside

I would be drenched to the skin

Best to stay inside


New plants in fish tank

Hopefully these will survive

Aquascaping woes


Correcting English

In the head guys manuscript

Hope he won’t get mad

Love’s flame

Deep within me,

Within the heart of my being,

There burns a flame,

Powerful yet contained

Hot but not burning

It lights up my soul

Driving away the darkness which lay there before

Filling it with joy

A happiness stronger than ever before

It’s  brought by the simplest things

The smile you give me in the morning

The soft kisses beneath the sheets

The caress of your hand

All of which feeds the flame

The flame of my love for you

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Independence day

Celebrated Chilean Style

The dieciocho


More Jobs applied for

Here´s hoping this time´s the charm

But no guarantees


More Spanish Lessons

Will be starting very soon

Hope I learn something


It´s spring possibly

The buds on the trees say yes

But the cold winds no

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Interviewed today

By young college film students

On immigrant life


Writing in Spanish

Can never find the right word

Need dictionary


My brand new CV

Written in my new language

Wife says it’s nonsense

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Lying on the couch

I suddenly feel shaking

Not quite an earthquake


Aquarium lights

Newly purchased L.E.Ds

Looks like a disco


Science fiction vlog

All very interesting



A polymath am I, with wondrous mind powers,

The names of all the flowers, Euclid’s geometry,

A feel my brain to brim with facts miscellaneous

Surmises extemporaneous, the best philosophy

And to end chemistry.


I practice languages from French to ancient latin

Recite the songs of Chopin, and Chinese History

I plumb the darkest depths of physics hard equations

Behavior of crustaceans, Roman mythology

And for fun poetry