I’ve just won the 3rd Annual RiAus Sci-ku competition. (“Inspired by the Japanese haiku, sci-ku is a 3 line poem which gives us a flash of insight like the scientific “Eureka!” moment.)
2012 is the Year of the Farmer. My theme was the symbiosis of nature and agriculture as exemplified in the amazing way that the humble clover takes an inert gas from the atmosphere and uses it to improve our soils and food:
Clover, the farmer’s friend. White nodule bacteria microfactories, nature’s fertiliser mined from thin air.
This was a concentrated haiku version of a poem (Balansa Clover) published on the Stylus Poetry Journal ’way back in 2005:
i sowed this balansa clover
in one furrow at the top of the hill
knowing it was hardcoated
to survive the gut of sheep
to be broadcast in its own organic
fertilizer pellet its descendants spread through
an acre paddock.
i pull at a clump teasing fibrous roots
from moist soil and marvel at white
nodules microfactories of sym
biotic bacteria mining
nitrogen from the air
fertilizer for the neighbours in this
community of plants.
Thanks to RiAus for supporting both connections between science and poetry and its generosity – my 3 line poem won me a Kindle Touch e-reader!