February : Biology (Part Two)

Here we are, at the end of February with part two of my biological offshoots.

New around here? Find the first part of this post here.

Behold, the promised protists:

They are done in watercolor over graphite, and are labeled for the reader’s convenience.

And more poetry! Here is the tail-end of it:

The Immortal

The man was not very tall and equally thin, he had a head protruding rather forward from his neck. He did not have very much hair to speak of and he usually had a sort of fruity smell about him. It said vanilla-almond on the label. He moved about his business rather like a protist—not the kind that whiz and never stand still. If one were to peer through the ocular of a microscope and watch a more slow-moving creature of that kingdom, oozing along by its insides, one would get the general idea.

The man seemed to take the world as if it were never to end. As if there was always enough time. An ocular on a microscope is not the same thing as an optical illusion, although the words are similar.

The man seemed to take the world as if there would always be enough time. If you said he didn’t know what was coming for him I’d call you a fool.

Oculus is Latin for eye and an ocular is just that. You can see the creature moving but nothing else.


Silver bells.

She sang it to air.

Always to the air, and she wore a crayon-tulip garden for a skirt

the wind promised her

that when she died it would be

The first

to touch her.

I want to curl up with you

Like myosin does with itself

We would never break

Not even when we did.


What is your favorite Protist? Mine might be the Paramecium—I like how it twists like a corkscrew to move.


February : kimberly80


This is the Snottor (at last). If you have not had a chance to view his earlier posts, he encourages the reader to make themselves acquainted with his January pearl.

Here we are, the month of valentines, bad weather, and the revenge of the flu. He confesses to there having been questions posed by meddling health departments to the Snottor, concerning his ability to transmit such an influenza to the human race, leaving him too offended to respond.

The Snottor has never thought very highly of this month, considering that he somehow seems to always find himself ill during it, valentines notwithstanding.

For those of you perhaps new around this lovely cultivated spot, this is the second (and undoubtedly most eagerly-awaited) post of the month, wherein the Snottor humbly recommends someone or something he esteems highly to the reader. For February he will move from the pleasure of the ears to that of the eyes.

About this artist:

First of all, for anyone not familiar with deviantart.com, the Snottor highly recommends it. The number of amazing artists is quite pleasantly surprising, as is the variety of the material, something the Snottor gives himself the liberty to explore when not busy artfully weaving mystery around his own etymology (his favorite way to spend his spare-time). kimberly80 is definitely one of his favorite artists he has seen on the sight. Her work is gorgeous, not to mention that she often favors Tolkien’s, an Old English admirer with his priorities in order’s, characters with her skilled hand (what more could one ask for?)! Her work is amazing, achieved entirely by traditional art methods, which is quite impressive. Her page on deviantart can be found via the following link, plucked with care from one of the Snottor’s favorite hedges: https://kimberly80.deviantart.com/gallery/

He particularly loves her paintings “farewell Amarie” and “Glorfindel”. The Snottor advises all to stay well and have a good February. He also advises the use of galoshes to keep out the cold.

February : Biology (Part One)

Before the Snottor drops his monthly pearl on you, I thought I’d sneak in another little project.

The Story: I recently took Biology from a truly fabulous teacher. To be perfectly honest, I was really expecting the worst from it, but was thankfully quite pleasantly surprised.

Like most things I love, words sprang forth inspired by what I was learning (thus the poems, which I hope can be forgiven). I also was quite fascinated by the Microscopy week in lab—our main object of observation were individuals from the kingdom Protista (thus the painting). However, you will not get to meet them yet. That is for part two.

Here are the poems:

Yeast Cells

The window was a circle unto where time had stopped.

It was a world without breath and yet she breathed while she gazed, down, down.

Have you ever seen a gray so perfect and I know you haven’t, grayer than eyes or the sky can ever be.

More perfect than air, than breathing, than going in and out.

Too much for anything than its own stillness.


The angels are silent. Breaking off in kisses so slow. Buds of starlight, moonlight.

She could only look for a moment.


We are cells, we are alive it is what we do.

But why? Why do you do it? Why do you want so ever-so-desperately to be alive?

We are cells, we are alive, it is what we do.

What happens when you die?

We are alive.

But what happens? Would it not be comforting to know?

We are busy.

I heard there are fungi that are alive to eat the dead and turn them into new life.

Eat? We don’t want to be eaten.

I only heard it, perhaps it isn’t true.

New life? We are alive now and this is what we want.

But why do you want it so much? Why do you breathe?

Corps of Discovery

How does the water hold you up, Lewis and Clark?

How do bonds drawn with a broken line hold?

Is it magic?

Are you magic?

I can’t tell you what the real Lewis and Clark would have said. It was only Amy.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her those intrepid explorers went as much by land as by sea.

Their two pairs of skinny little-kid legs were in the pool over the side of floaties crammed with precious gear in plastic yellows, reds, blues.

It’s not our pool, of course. We don’t have that kind of money.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her Merriweather wasn’t a girl’s name either.

Why not Sacagawea? You could be her?

Clark raised his eyebrows at me.

Clark shoots himself in the end, I think. Like Hemingway. Hemingway liked the sea.

How do bonds drawn with broken lines hold you up?

Sacagawea is on a golden coin, I said. Lewis and Clark never got that.

What use have I for gold?

I have no use for gold.

It was so poetic that I had to let her off. It was getting dark and Lewis and Clark were making a soggy, submerged dinner by a broken plastic fire that wouldn’t light.

The lights in the pool cast shadows through the water and the bonds drawn with a broken line clung about their legs.

I don’t ever put my limbs in the water. I don’t ever let the dotted lines clasp around me.

They flipped over and I think it was on purpose.

His Protégé

Life should be all laid out, like chemistry (of course it isn’t).

Tamlin had a valence

Of seven, which made things very

straight-forward—yes, match—no

match—yes—aha, that apple

with a valence of exactly one

will solve this perfectly.

He didn’t mind dogs or fish because of their full electron shells.

He walked on the other side of the street from old ladies and men with beards.

It is a very hard thing not to

Be able to be Mendeleev. It is a very hard thing that those things can only be found out for the first time once.

Tamlin did a lot of sudoku. It had almost as favorable a

Subatomic particle count as the apple—but he didn’t want to be another

Steve Jobs, of course not. Cancer

And Tamlin were on opposite sides of

The table. Newton was

better, although he didn’t think he

Reacted well with head injuries either.

There was a girl at his

School who changed her name to

Xenon. Aha. Of course. The

Element that doesn’t react to anything else.

Tamlin understood. Of course he did.

The girl had either caught on to

His secret to organizing life

Or was just really smart.

Tamlin walked backwards counting

The ionically bonded,

Black-and-white checkered

Floor tiles. His hair was red as iron and

His glasses-frames silver as mercury.


Have you ever dreaded something that turned out to be not so bad?