Learn More

Mike Barrett

Rookie - 476 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

A Lesson


' Turn the Bunsen
Up a little higher,
O.K. -
Move the tube
Just a little lower. '

' There? '

' Yes. Good!
Now, gently sway it
Through the flame -
But not too quickly! '

' Add another drop
Of this solution? '

' Yes. '

' We should have it
any second now. '

' We should. '

' See, it’s clouding! '

The mass precipitates.

' Careful!
Not too hot!
Christ, watch that flame! '

' Don't let that bubble! '

ZAPOP! ! !

'Turn off the gas.
The garbage chute is there -
Beneath the crucifix! '


© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Submitted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

In March,1962 I was a student at U.N.B. in Fredericton, New Brunswick. At that time my major was in Science; however I was beginning to understand that this subject area was not my true calling. I wrote this poem one night having completed yet another Chemistry lab earlier that afternoon.

Comments about this poem (A Lesson by Mike Barrett )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  2. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  3. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. The Fish, Elizabeth Bishop
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. A Most Happy Holiday, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  2. Christmas - Christmas, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  3. Cage, Sarvesh wahie
  4. You Keep The Sea, Naveed Akram
  5. There's nothing like dance, Yisel Chong
  6. No One Could Ever Understand, Thabang Rakimane
  7. You made me evil, Yisel Chong
  8. The time machine, Yisel Chong
  9. Blue-eyed boy Mr. Death for e.e. cummings, r james sterzinger
  10. Salvation Jane, vince gullaci
[Hata Bildir]