Science Rhymes April 2013 
Celebrating a change of seasons!
In Australia’s tropics, the annual stinger season and cyclone threats are coming to an end.  Whilst in the northern hemisphere, spring is warming up, making Impropagation and apt feature poem.   We then whizz off into outer space for Moon Spit, before going back in time with Kevin Taylor’s formidable description of an extinct sea monster – Kronosaurus.

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by Celia Berrell

A crack in the concrete is all it takes
for a small seed to lodge and germinate.
Its roots exude acid dissolving cement.
And so it has grown where it wasn't meant.

Ignored by pedestrians tramping through
with sunlight and water it proudly grew.
And look at it now.  Majestic and high.
Being kissed and blessed by a butterfly!

This poem was inspired by Davson's artwork Living Freedom (featured above).

Writing Poems for Scientriffic

Moon Spit

by Celia Berrell

Saturn’s moon
is known to spit
and squirt and gush.
Nine hundred tons of
water’s reckoned
to leave its geysers
every second.
With plumes that shoot
a frozen mist
towards big Saturn,
moon-spit drifts.
Pulled by
gravity’s domain
it glitters Saturn
in space rain.


EARTH AND SPACE teachers guide

CSIRO’s Earth & Space Teacher’s Guide is a free PDF download.  It features the poem Moon Spit which was first published in the July 2012 #80 issue of the Scientriffic magazine.  You can also keep up-to-date with interesting science issues through the CSIRO's Helix Blog.

Celia Berrell's Science Rhymes

Celia Berrell’s Science Rhymes
is a collection of 34 poems relevant to the primary science curriculum. 

All poems have been given a tick of approval by James Cook University Science Educator Dr Clifford Jackson for their scientific accuracy and educational relevance.

Using a Kindle eReader, you can select “Turn on Text To Speech” and listen to the poems rather than read them! 

This eBook is sold for Amazon’s minimum book price of about one dollar.

The first volume of these scientifically accurate poems can also be downloaded from the Science Rhymes website as a resource for students, teachers and for everyone's enjoyment.

Fill in the Download Agreement form on the Science Rhymes website to receive a free PDF of 34 poems illustrated by Amy Sheehan.

The Frill-neck Lizard on the discarded Coke can (pictured right) was painted by Australian artist Sharon Davson.  

It's titled
Is Anyone Listening? and you can enjoy viewing this painting and many others in Davson's new virtual gallery by clicking on one of the images.  He is a regular visitor and ambassador for Science Rhymes.
Would you like to see your own poem on the internet? 
If you have written a short poem about science, nature or the environment, send it to for consideration to be posted on the Your Poems page on the Science Rhymes website.
by K. D. Taylor

Through outspread spans of oceanic murk
While from him every fearful fish-form flees
Intrepid, to where lessers dare not lurk
Descends the ancient monarch of the seas.
Leviathan surpassing all for size
At whose first glimpse the craven pale will dread
He casts the shadow of his regal head
Across the fluid realm that is his prize.
Concourses of molluscan creatures fill
His potent jaws with masticated fare
And mingle with devoured crustaceous krill
Seized in the death grip of his agile fangs.
In depths unfathomed timelessly he hangs
Skulking and watching with an icy stare
For who is next to be his captured kill?

American poet Kevin Taylor wrote this powerful piece, inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1830 poem The Kraken.  Thanks for sharing your monster Kronosaurus poem with Science Rhymes, Kevin!

120 million years ago, Queensland had an Inland Sea where giant creatures roamed.  Richmond, halfway between Townsville and Mount Isa, has a Fossil Museum to prove it.  Kronosaurus Korner is named after the biggest and baddest plesiosaur (marine reptile) of them all, Kronosaurus queenslandicus.
Space and time travel are tantalisingly close within the concepts of poetry and our imagination. Celia
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