Author Archives: SamBirrer

About SamBirrer

Professional chemist and amateur writer with a love of learning. Trying to live with a Scout Mindset: https://www.ted.com/talks/julia_galef_why_you_think_you_re_right_even_if_you_re_wrong?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Thoughts on a Saturday Evening

I am incapable of rationally thinking any less of an well-intentioned adherent of an ideology I find largely abhorrent compared with a well-intentioned adherent of an ideology with which I largely agree.  I feel I may only legitimately prefer either … Continue reading

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The Master Shaper’s Tools

If only I could understand these words, If I could hear what you hear, If I could listen as you listen, If my mind could sort the sounds, Just as yours does, and see The impression they leave, These ideas … Continue reading

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I exist without humility

Stephen Crane said to the universe “sir, I exist” Anonymously, to shake a solitary fist To say that we, humanity, will persist To live and fight and struggle – and resist The flow of things Most could never be so … Continue reading

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Ziphozonke* — Small Burdens

Always bubbling Childhood dreams emerge Floating gently Heavenward. Iridescent jewel-knitted Luminous memories now offer Prayerful quiet repose Subtly tingling Under vernally woven xyloid yearnings. *Ziphozonke is sometimes used as a Zulu name. It literally means “all the gifts”. I also … Continue reading

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Ordinary Blessing

glowing orange dawn imbues the dullest morning with benediction.   © Samuel Birrer and Serendipity, 2019.

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Molten to Solid

matter molten to solid a transition occurs slowness or swiftness might seem unimportant the start and the finish unchanged: molten to solid. what after all is the point in postponing the final stage of transformation? what does it avail to … Continue reading

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Perspective

An ordered perspective on a chaotic system, words and sentences, numbers and tables, precipitate from raw unkempt haphazard nature. Patterns settle out kaleidoscopically, a desk, pen and paper, concentration, review and edit making sense at least superficial. A changed perspective on … Continue reading

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Phase Transition

Sublimation, Glass transition, Sintering and liquefaction, Substance changes In extremis, All predictions are but guesses. Observation, Experimentation, These reveal what alteration <> <> <> Has taken place, What new-formed face Appears upon each change of phase. © Samuel Birrer and … Continue reading

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Crystalline

But “defects” do not damage the design:
Each merely adds its own imprint… Continue reading

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Rising-Rhyme

beginning buried in blackness,
bit by bit, bright beams breach the barrier, 
thoughtfully shining thread-like through the silence. 
inside, in the center, something stirs. Continue reading

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