Author Archives: SamBirrer

About SamBirrer

Chemistry student and undergrad researcher at Rutgers University. Minors in math and geology. President of Rutgers Chemistry Society (student chapter of ACS).

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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The Crying Echoes

gunshots break great ragged holes in the foggy dew, prayers and protests rise from precious snow, the blood of men mingling with the blood of the land, echoes in their descendants lament lost cities – cry, the beloved country, for … Continue reading

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