Saturday, January 10, 2015

Geosonnet 24

The linear progressions we assume
sphericalize our precious holy cows
the certainty simplicities presume
breed dreamt-up facts we dutifully espouse
Repeated careful data overthrow
and phosphorus impurities reveal
Olivine is white-hot Devil's snow
A closet skeleton time can't anneal.
This phoenix from volcano is reborn
Forgotten stories texture can unearth
abandon simple models, do not mourn
Complexity's explanatory worth.
   The simple models woo, but cannot stay.
   Eventually the facts get in the way.

Geology 42 867 

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2 comments:

Chris Phoenix said...

I love this! Here's a more generic version.

The linear progressions we assume
Sphericalize our precious holy cows.
The certainty simplicities presume
Breed dreamt-up facts we dutifully espouse.
Repeated careful data overthrow
The theories that we held so very dear,
For science, if we're humble, we must know
Finds not the truth, but merely something near.
New theories from anomalies reborn
Reveal the richness of our wondrous earth;
Abandon simple models, do not mourn
Complexity's explanatory worth.
The simple models woo, but cannot stay.
Eventually the facts get in the way.

...So I like this enough to want to use it. Are you willing to put a Creative Commons or similar on your poem?

Chuck Magee said...

What would that entail? At this point, would you mind just linking here?