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Poems by Engineers

Updated on October 27, 2015
My Published E-book
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Can Engineers Write Poetry?

A number of years ago, my husband showed me an article in a publication for engineering educators. Apparently an engineering school had hypothesized that students would be better engineers if they were forced to take a class in which they were required to practice writing poetry. The results were amusing, to say the least.

I would contend that engineers can certainly learn to write well and to communicate in a technical environment; however, you probably don't want to hire them as lyricists or poets-in-residence. I say this with all due respect, since I have an engineering degree, my husband has three, and my father-in-law is an electrical engineer.

That said, I have published an e-book of haiku poetry. It was fun to do, although I confess I enjoyed formatting the book in HTML and CSS at least as much as I enjoyed writing the haiku! Yes, engineers can be weird that way.

Haiku by an Engineer

Engineer poets?
Scary to contemplate it,
Like fish on dry land.

Use words and feelings?
Alien to engineer,
Like Vulcan on Earth.

Lyrics by Engineers

Quotes from Famous Geeks

"I have had my results for a long time, but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them."
~Karl Friedrich Gauss

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
~Wernher von Braun

"I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."
~Neil Armstrong

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I can't make a Hub out of his proposal poem because we can only post our own writing, right? Besides, I think it would qualify as "purely personal." Maybe I could get him to join Hubpages?

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Everyone can be a poet... LOL .. at least they can try.. Great Hub.

      I voted up and awesome and interesting

      debbie

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      Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I am smiling! Thank you for this insight.

      I'm glad the world has engineers as well as poets. We can all live happily together. You can create the things we need while we create entertainment for you.

      Good job! Short, but good! Welcome to hubpages.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Are you going to Hub his proposal?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      That is a sweet story kschimmel--

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      My own husband proposed to me through a 3-page poem he had written, painstakingly rhyming every other line. The effort was a real labor of love, since writing poetry is not something he would choose to do except under extraordinary circumstances--like proposing marriage!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ducks of a feather swim together. Poetic license allows for the engineer/poet possibility.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I think it is a great idea! I know some scientists in various fields that write poetry in their spare time--