Yvette on LHC Poetry

yvette cendesAha! Regular commenter Yvette Cendes (over at The Chocolate Fish) has thrown down the gauntlet! She thinks that we can come up with more, and better, poetry about the LHC. The successful LHC song of Kate McAlpine (deserving of thunderous applause for raising awareness) should clearly be considered just the beginning. So she starts off the challenge to you all with some work of her own, which I shamelessly reproduce below. (Go over to her blog to submit your new writing – or do it both here and there. Up to you.) (My money’s on our regular commenter Elliot producing a marvellous LHC haiku or something like that.)

Yvette calls it an LHC Poetry Slam. Hmmm. I submit that it should be an LHC Poetry Event, or LHC Poetry Collision, or…. anyway, here’s her poem, and wow – true to form, it is good!

The LHC Ode
by Yvette Cendes

It was mid-September and the leaves were flying
The grass turning brown and the wind a-crying
The physicists were gathering late at night
To witness what could only be an incredible sight-
It was the LHC! In the entire world
It would throw particles faster than they’d ever been hurled
The truth behind theories earlier fabled
Would finally be pinned down and properly nailed,
It would find the Higgs, and possibly see
An answer to baryonic asymmetry!
Oh how marvelous! Oh how grand!
All the things we would finally understand!

So the physicists chatted while they lay in wait
Not knowing they’d taken the universe’s bait,
For when the switch went “on,” that exciting goal,
They accidentally created… a black hole.
Yes, that’s right, the nuts had held the truth
(Even if they’d seemed silly and rather uncouth)
And the black hole was there, it grew and grew
As black holes accreting mass are known to do,
It ate all in its path, and before the dawn
The planet called Earth was forever gone.

Now people will say it’s an unlikely case-
On par with creating an elephant in space-
But if there are infinite universes, as some like to say,
Eventually it would happen and we’d all die away
So it’s unlikely, it’s true, but just for some fun,
Ask yourself this- what if THIS is the one?


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7 Responses to Yvette on LHC Poetry

  1. Clifford says:

    Gosh… that’s pretty good, isn’t it?



  2. Elliot says:

    particle physics
    moves center of gravity
    over to europe


  3. Elliot says:

    bonus limerick

    physicists getting attention
    from particles too small to mention
    some people believe a
    large ring near Geneva
    will show us an extra dimension


  4. Bilal says:

    Excellent! 🙂

  5. Clifford says:

    Thanks Elliot! I particularly love how the third and fourth lines of the limerick work together, especially when read out loud with the usual limerick rhythm. Nicely done!


  6. Elliot says:

    Your welcome. I really wanted to use “Higgs” somewhere but it just didn’t work.

    I did get a good title for a book (which of course I won’t write) about the last 100 years of physics thought “From Berne to Cern”.

    It’s interesting that the LHC is so close geographically to the patent office where Einstein worked.