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I Am the Jew

A poem that directly confronts the ideological core of Anti-Semitism, and its foul absurdity.

The Emperor and the Swan

Emperor Sho-Fu always walks with his dear friends in the willow groves, where the koi swim by, where cygnets gather aside, to receive his gifts from the water’s edge, where […]

The Song of Love

The sweetest serenades Are soothing songs sung, Successfully swaying The searching soul With simple sonnets Of sincerest serenity And selfless succor. Sorrows switch to smiles, As the sublime snatches Snuggling […]

Obsession

Obsession is thought oppression, The possession of mental expression By the things that worry and excite us, Locking down our focus Until it is sharp as glass. Only the idea […]

Methuselah, Voice of the Forest

Part One The world is a forest, Its trees reverberating with chatter. The sounds that compose the background Loudly scream their slants, Repeating until all the animals and plants Are […]

Identified

I thought I was a person. Identify me! My spirit cries out for attention. Its despair Thickens the air Of dissension That quiets my raspy voice box. I run to […]

The Autistic Voice

Streams of words Flow as drops on paper From the fountain pen, Their source. Communication is easy when written, But when spoken it often feels forced. Although I am normal […]

Never Again (Conversations with God)

On December 19, 2012, I visited Yad Vashem, Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial. “Never Again” is a feeble attempt to put the horrific events of the Holocaust and my humbling experience in […]

The Voice at Hand

Your voice is the sound of words spoken, The combination of thoughts and actions taken From the undertow of emotions that overflow Like an upwelling of encouragement From the gushing […]

The Prism of Perception

Perception is the prism Through which experiences Are imprinted as memories. It is the Window of Vision That emerges from the narrow void Of nothingness as a guiding light For […]

Life between Screens

A life between screens Is not as fun as it seems. Everyone is jumping From monitor to monitor And compulsively sharing Their thoughts and activities, To attract the digital spectators […]

Weird

Weird is a wild word that jeers, Awkwardly stinging the ears, Also hurtful when spoken by young minds To bring to the surface The unacceptable, What is lacking in normality, […]

Somewhere on the Horizon

Somewhere on the horizon A ship is sailing in our direction, To save us from this lifeboat That has become our prison For thirty tumultuous days. Salvation appears too distant […]

Science ›

On Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in American History, Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans and ravaged the area with 16 inches of rain and abrasive 80-mph […]

Off Topic: How Rent Works in Fisheries

In economics, the term “rent” is often confused with economic profit. Profit (π) can be measured over the short-term or the long run. In the short term, profit is equal […]

Essays ›

Inside the Bite: The Komodo Dragon

Inside the Bite: The Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis is the world’s largest living lizard. Known as the Komodo dragon because of its enormous size, a fully grown Varanus komodoensis can […]

The Biological Profile of the Malaria Parasite

Malaria’s Taxonomy: Domain: Eukarya Kingdom: Protista (Chromalveolata) Phylum: Apicomplexa Class: Aconoidasida Order: Haemosporida Family: Plasmodiidae Genus: Plasmodium Species involved: falciparum, vivax, malariae, ovale, knowlesi An Introduction to Malaria Malaria, from […]

Asian Carp: The Mississippi River Invaders

Invasive species abound in North America. Some, like the zebra mussel, arrived in the United States unintentionally. Others, like kudzu, the Burmese python, and the common pigeon, were purposefully introduced […]

Poetry ›

I Am the Jew

A poem that directly confronts the ideological core of Anti-Semitism, and its foul absurdity.

The Emperor and the Swan

Emperor Sho-Fu always walks with his dear friends in the willow groves, where the koi swim by, where cygnets gather aside, to receive his gifts from the water’s edge, where […]

Off Topic: Billfish in Popular Culture

For millennia, people have scoured the oceans for leviathans and other sea monsters. Experienced fishermen have scoured the seas for proof of their existence, telling countless stories of elusive giant […]

Albatross

Light, Streamlined form, The kite-bird Floats for hours On the Ocean’s breath With gentle flaps Of giant wings. Feathered master Of air and sea, The rider of thermals Glides on […]

On Achievement

There is no greater honor than the feeling of accomplishment. Whether it involves attaining a goal, meeting an expectation, or obtaining a memento to commemorate some intangible victory, achievement of […]

On the Sharks of the Devonian

“The Golden Age of Fishes” is known for, among many things, its incredible ichthyologic diversity. As life on land began its own rapid radiation of terrestrial forms, including the earliest […]

Coffee with a Limerick

Cafecito, pobrecito? Do you want it to go? No thank you, my dear. I am extremely thirsty, so I would like my espresso to stay here.

The Voice at Hand

Your voice is the sound of words spoken, The combination of thoughts and actions taken From the undertow of emotions that overflow Like an upwelling of encouragement From the gushing […]

The Song of Love

The sweetest serenades Are soothing songs sung, Successfully swaying The searching soul With simple sonnets Of sincerest serenity And selfless succor. Sorrows switch to smiles, As the sublime snatches Snuggling […]