In the spirit of getting more practice writing, a few weeks ago on a whim I decided to sign up for a month-long creative writing class. I normally stick to non-fiction semi-entertaining stories about my life (and based on the unreliability of these blog posts, even that can be a struggle), but this class has prompted me to write in ways I usually don’t, namely poetry. So I thought I’d share.
[Cover photo is a from recent evening that I spent at the observatory.]
To My Younger Self: A Haiku It's okay to ask For help, for love, for a hug You are not alone
The Climb The mountain lake beckons from far below But there's no time My foot searches along the rock for a divot, a crack, anything to hold onto But there's no space The winds are picking up, blowing across my face and up over the ridge I tighten my grip I look for a sign, any sign of civilization in the distance Nothing The sun is setting, I rummage in my pack for a headlamp At least there's chocolate.
How to become an engineer Some little kids Who go to school Don’t want to study, They want to be "cool" That can’t be you! If you want to succeed You have to care And you have to believe. Find what you like Drawing atoms? Writing code? Building bridges? Wiring lights? Admiring stars? Designing roads? At night as you sleep Let yourself dream Of programming robots Or creating a vaccine It’s not always easy And it’s not always fun But it’s worth it in the end I know -- I am one!
February 26, 2021 at 16:48
I read your blog today. you’re the best. Sounds like you’ve been writing forever. You’re forever his only been 27 years. But I know that you could read it for so you had a jump on the rest of us. Love, Your Joy
February 26, 2021 at 22:56
I think your writing is really informative and quite entertaining, it is always interesting to read what you are doing and working on. If that engineering thing doesn’t work out I could see you writing for Scientific American or a technology column for the New York Times? Hahaha, just kidding ( you never know?) we do miss you at SLAC…
February 27, 2021 at 20:16
Hi Scott! I can’t say I haven’t thought of it :). We’ll see what happens after this whole camera thing starts working!
March 3, 2021 at 03:47
couldn’t stand it
when jupiter was a planet
but, here on earth?
where momma gave me birth?
well, la serena
is mucho más divertida
que, uhhh… argentina?
ok, so rhyming’s not be my thing
even if my name is, yup, irving…🤦♂️
March 3, 2021 at 15:05
but I appreciate you