Lines of lyrical lucidity and true confessions of experiments gone awry: what else would a scientific haiku contest bring?
Last week, the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee challenged scientists traveling to the Fall Meeting this December to explain their research in a single haiku. The format of a haiku—a poem split between three lines, with the first line having five syllables, the second seven, and the third five—dares poets to be brief, descriptive, and profound.
Are you heading to @theAGU Fall Meeting? Tweet a haiku about your research with the tags #HaikuYourResearch and #AGU18 and the haikus with the most likes + retweets will win a prize!! Contest ends Nov 5th! pic.twitter.com/pFuGt9RGd5
— AGU Water Students (@AGU_H3S) October 3, 2018
Since the competition was unveiled last week, submissions have been pouring in via the Twitter hashtag #HaikuYourResearch. The contest is still ongoing, and the competition is fierce. Think you have what it takes?
To inspire your inner poet, we grabbed a few haikus for your reading pleasure. So fix a cup of tea, and sit back and enjoy the sweet simplicity of scientific minimalism. Then, go write your own poem!
But Soft, What Light Through Yonder Cloud Breaks?
Clouds come high and low
Ice crystals and liquid drops
Reflecting sunlight #HaikuYourResearch #AGU18
— Bastiaan van Diedenhoven (@CloudsBastiaan) October 5, 2018
Rhyming “Mass Spectrometry” Is Impressive
Forams of the sea
Past is key to the present
— Jennifer Hertzberg (@PaleoForams) October 4, 2018
Nothing Survives the Robot Army
Our robot army
Captured months of flux data.
R can’t handle it.#AGU18 #HaikuYourResearch pic.twitter.com/QMydhfEc0V
— Holly Andrews (@HMAndrewsEco) October 5, 2018
You Do Matter, Manganese! Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise
Irrigation scheme matters!
Manganese does, too.#HaikuYourResearch #AGU18 pic.twitter.com/zfJaleE7lJ
— Lena Abu-Ali (@LenaAbuAli1) October 4, 2018
Can “Sounds of Dirt” Please Be a Band Name?
Sounds bounce off of dirt
Like bats, we can see the sounds
Seismic for the win
— Derek Gibson (@dkgibson02) October 4, 2018
Please do not break down today
I must graduate#HaikuYourResearch
— Ryan Glaubke (@OcnOgrphr) October 4, 2018
Cute Mammals to the Rescue!
Wilderness scarred by drought, fire
Beavers save the day#AGU2018 #AGU18 #HaikuYourResearch pic.twitter.com/lg2qIofvUv
— Emily Fairfax (@EmilyFairfax) October 4, 2018
We’re Glad Yellow Was Not Included…
Colour of snow
White, blue, brown, red even black
Melt is quicker than expected
#HaikuYourResearch #AGU18 #NationalPoetryDay
— Veronica Chan (@c_gaga) October 5, 2018
“Think About Direction; Wonder Why You Haven’t Before”*
In the Earth’s crust sit
magnetic minerals that
mess with your compass#HaikuYourResearch #AGU18
— Brian (@magnetman42) October 5, 2018
*This link is for you, millennials!
The Symphonies of Space
Songs we can’t hear play
on magnetic violins
for twirling protons. #HaikuYourResearch #AGU18 #SpaceWeather pic.twitter.com/rLtTo5tCn7
— Dr. Kristine Sigsbee (@Sputnik6400) October 9, 2018
The magnetic field
During the Devonian
What was it doing?#HaikuYourResearch #AGU2018
— Annique van der Boon (@Anniquevdb) October 5, 2018
I Guess You Could Say the Lasers See the Trees for the Forest?
Laser all the trees.
See how they make up the woods.
Does it matter? Yes!#HaikuYourResearch
— jeff -kins(@atkinsjeff) October 6, 2018
Ye, Plume of Old, Hark!
O plume, reveal
Thyself! By your data and
Your earthly precepts#HaikuYourResearch #AGU18https://t.co/WwlLv44MFj
— Jeremy Bennett (@driftingtides) October 5, 2018
It’s OK, We Like Talking to Rocks Too
I speak with old rocks
full of past climate’s secrets
Sometimes, they share them! #HaikuYourResearch #AGU18 #Paleoclimate pic.twitter.com/eRXynxeeJO
— Fatima Husain (@FatimagulHusain) October 5, 2018
Of course, these are just a sliver of the competition’s entries—there are oh so many more haikus tagged with #HaikuYourResearch on Twitter. Retweet or like the poems that catch your fancy to weigh in on the competition!
And if the spirit moves you, tweet your own haiku tagged with #HaikuYourResearch to give your studies the 17-syllable spotlight!
—Jenessa Duncombe (@jenessaduncombe), News Writing and Production Intern
Duncombe, J. (2018), Can you express your science in 17 syllables?, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO107847. Published on 16 October 2018.
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