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The Wait

By: Helena Davies (School of Chemistry)
Competition Year: 2014
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Following
 laboured 
weeks
 and 
days 
of 
toil

At
 my
 desktop
 researching 
journals 
loyal,

I pieced 
together
 a 
protocol

That
 I
 concluded
 to
 at
 least 
be
 practical


Post
 gaining
 the
 official 
approval,

No 
time
 was
 wasted 
in
 my 
attention’s removal

From 
Internet bound,
 sedentary
 reading,

Bouncing 
into 
the 
lab‐ 
well
 it’s
 much 
more
 appealing



I
 put 
into
 actions,
 which
 had
 been
 on
 paper

And 
hoped
 that
 the
 gaps 
in 
knowledge
 would 
taper

Long 
hours 
went 
into 
perfecting 
this
 method

(I 
pondered 
if
 the 
results
 would 
reflect 
the
 effort)


But
 there 
remains
 a 
factor,
 thus 
far 
I've
 eluded,

That
 I
 could
 not
 run 
these
 samples 
diluted,

On
 equipment 
that
 our
 department 
was
 lacking

So
 off
 to
 a 
private 
firm
 they 
went 
packing


And
 I
 now 
I 
just 
wait, 
anxious
 for
 that
 email

That 
will
 return my
 data 
intact 
without
 fail

“Falcon 
tubes
 one
 eighteen to 
four
 eighty
 two

Are 
currently 
listed
 in
 our
 worker’s
 queue”


Now
 patience 
is 
something
 all
 scientists
 know,

But
 this
 flies
 out
 the
 window
 when
 you’re out 
of
 control

Back
 to 
the 
desktop,
 more
 theory’s my fate,

At
 one
 point
 we’re
 all
 consigned
 to 
the 
wait.

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