Sunday, March 29, 2009

AROUND THE WORLD IN NINETY MINUTES


New wine is being poured into old bottles

As the world is at the end of its tether

The ice-caps and glaciers descend.

With alien invasion nigh...

Little children still cry...

Dogs bark at the wind...

Is this really the end?

"No!"

Shout the angry, banging doors of men...

“Just keep printing the money---

Things will take care in the end.”


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SaLaMaNdEr HAIKU


O! aXoLotL!
gRaNd SaLaMaNdEr MiSsiNg
MeTaMoRpHoSiS!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

LaVeNdEr FLoWeR HAIKU



LaVeNdEr FLoWeR
TAkE AwAy HuMaN gLoWeR
wiTh YoUr FrAgRaNt sCeNt

Sunday, March 15, 2009

JELLyFiSh HAIKUS















I
bLoOmiNg mEdUsA---
BRaiNLeSs GeLaTiNoUs FiSh---
JeLLy PaRaSoLs!



II
STiNgiNg dRiNkiNg CuPs---
GeLaTiNoUs ZoOpLaNkToN---
gLoWiNg JeLLyFiSh!



III
TeNtAcLeS oF hAiR---
SEa-ThRoUgH bLoOmiNg uMbReLLaS---
JELLyFiSh SaUcErS!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

RArE cEpHaLoPoD HAIKU







SPiRaL-sHeLLeD hOtEL---
NAuTiLuS pOmPiLiUs---
RArE cEpHaLoPoD!



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THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS
By Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-94)

This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,
Sails the unshadowed main,--
The venturous bark that flings
On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings
In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,
And coral reefs lie bare,
Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.

Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;
Wrecked is the ship of pearl!
And every chambered cell,
Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,
As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,
Before thee lies revealed,--
Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!

Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year's dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.

Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,
Child of the wandering sea,
Cast from her lap, forlorn!
From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn;
While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:--

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!



Thursday, March 12, 2009

bRiGhT dAzZLiNg HAIKU



















gOd’S bRiGhT dAzZLiNg
eQuAtiOnS oF cReATiOn’S
RApTuRoUs PuZzLeS

Sunday, March 08, 2009

StOnE's ThRoW HAIKU



Known objects in the Kuiper belt, derived from data from the Minor Planet Center. Objects in the main belt are coloured green, while scattered objects are coloured orange. The four outer planets are blue. Neptune's few known Trojan asteroids are yellow, while Jupiter's are pink. The scattered objects between the Sun and the Kuiper belt are known as centaurs. The scale is in astronomical units. The pronounced gap at the bottom is due to obscuration by the band of the Milky Way.






On ThE pLaNeT EaRtH
DOoMsDaY iS jUsT a StOnE’s ThRoW
FRoM tHe KuiPeR BeLt





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P.S.

In December 2008, the first prototype of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) was brought into service at the Haleakala observatory on Maui, Hawaii. Soon, four telescopes - equipped with the world's largest digital cameras, at 1.4 billion pixels apiece - will search the skies for anything that blinks or moves. Its main purpose is to look out for potentially hazardous asteroids bound for Earth, but inhabitants of the outer solar system will not escape its all-seeing eyes.







Sunday, March 01, 2009

sTaR vApOr HAIKU




CoLd sTaR vApOr oF
hExAgOnAL sYmMeTrY
cRyStAL wAtEr iCe