Materials Engineer

A company
Specializing
In ceramic matrix
Composites—

Heat shields
To protect space crafts
Upon reentry—

Wants
Someone bigger
Than the work.

He must write
Himself
In 150 characters
Or less.

Space
And punctuation
Count.

He
Understands
Compression,

Writes a poem.
Structure comes
In ten minutes.
A barista assists.

Not enough
Characters for a title,
A paradigm tilts:

Curiosity—
When unchecked, killed the cat
When cloaked, Schrodinger cannot say
But, when cradled, took this boy and flew over the moon.

How could he know
They would call him
Right away?

With thanks to Chad Williams for his story, his poem
Golden, CO
7 April 2013

One Response to “Materials Engineer”

  1. eduardo says:

    Behold: The Paradigm-shifting, aerospace-company-hiring power of poetry! Also: Never underestimate the capabilities of a barista’s assistance. (And of course, “_space_ counts,” if they’re doing rocket and shuttle heat shields.)

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