Poetry meets Science
By: Charles Veys (Mechatronic Engineering)
Competition Year: 2012
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Where would we be in such broken times, without these plays, without these rhymes?
Such objects of beauty are to this day unrivaled, unmatched & unmeasured,
Created only to be shared, enjoyed, kept & treasured.
Their benefits however are always to be debated,
For emotions today are sadly considered overrated.
But what of the pen & paper or the chair & table too?
And what of the bridges, the buildings to name but a few?
What of these facts & figures, these details of man’s great plan,
Where do they feature in Art’s discerning span?
These have style, beauty & are functional too,
They have a use, a purpose, a way to help us through.
So surely we should tear down these ‘works of art’ with immediate effect,
To make space for the facts and figures of which we seem to neglect.
But is this wise, as in such climates it’s so easy to forget,
That things do not always need purpose, that rule is not set.
Just look at religion & what science has done to that.
It’s as if it stared faith directly in the face, paused & then spat.
Look at today’s life and all the despair it brings to the table,
Purpose & reason are all enforced in us like children a fable.
So after careful contemplation the solution is not so clear,
It sits unanswered along with questions like why are we here?
But do not despair, do not weep or abandon hope,
Life needs some mystery, some deviation so you can cope.
I will tell you this however so this text is not obsolete,
There is common ground where these two sectors actually meet.
For now you will be shocked and must revere,
For this poem my friend, was written by me, an engineer.