Darwin Haiku Wednesdays


This isĀ  this week’s Autoclave comic. Always with the good times!

I wrote this haiku quite a while ago now, but forgot to put it up on the Darwin Bioku Wednesdays posts. SPONCH is the biologist’s mantra: the six major elements of life. C6H12O6, N for amino acids, P for phospholipids, Sulfur for cysteine…

S.P.O.N.C.H

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My final few DHWs seem to have gotten lost in the ether, so you’ll have to pardon that until I have time to fix it (post-finals). In the meantime, here’s a bit of something I did as a biochem study break. The people and associated beings are from Gunnerkrigg Court, which I highly recommend.

flora et fauna
geology and debate
Wallace and Darwin.

Does anyone remember learning about this young whippersnapper, off in the Amazon and the Indian Ocean coming to the same conclusions as the eminent Charles Darwin?

One envelope lost,
would we now be honoring
Alfred R. Wallace?

The birds and their beaks
feathering enlightenment
do they preen, singing?

Yet another poetical tirade against social darwinism and eugenics. Honestly, people! Why do you make up slag to prop up your insecurities? Can’t you be bothered to collect legitimate data and *le gasp* come to a novel conclusion?

The cous mistook Charles
heeding only the Malthus
sowed seeds of terror.

Next week it’s permanently back to the fun stuff – never fear!

This may be my favorite poem of the lot. As strange as he may have been, Thomas Henry Huxley is one of my heroes. Aldus was pretty nifty, too, but I’m just sayin’. Hux had it goin’ down.

The greatest debate
finding who rolls with the ape
Boy, you just got Hux’d!

with apologies to Aaron Diaz.

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