The Joy of Science and A Fleeting Existence (poems)

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The Joy of Science and A Fleeting Existence (poems)

Postby kennyc » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:19 pm

My latest collections of poetry “The Joy of Science” and “A Fleeting Existence” are now available at Amazon (ebooks only).

The Joy of Science is my first full collection of science, science fiction and speculative poetry.
It contains 44 poems ranging from serious poetic presentations of science to irreverent and humorous
looks at science fiction and ourselves. Filled with both awe-inspiring visions and fun. Available now

US Link:
UK Link:


A few samples:

"Time Flies"

Those nasty little beggars
always messing around.

Leaving their fly-speck vomit
all over time and space.

Moving the Archduke’s assassination
or messing with Jesus’ birth.

We of course never know
cause time itself corrects.

Things are always as they were
except the barfly nose.

"A Small Step"

After the fall and
hip replacement surgery
Anna struggled just
to get out of bed.

Weeks of rehab,
effort, and fighting
pain brought her
to this thought.

Hell it was easy for Neil
he had a billion dollar suit,
NASA, and the entire
world behind him.

"It’s a Miracle"

You peer into the eyepiece,
blink and adjust, then you see it,
a smear of bluish light that
left its home 2000 centuries
before Christ.

As your eyes adjust you see
the blue-white glow at the center
of a pinwheel and bright specks
of reds, yellows and blues
all twirling about.

This ancient light that
has traveled so long, so far
strikes your retina and perishes
in order to signal your brain
of the miracle you behold.


A Fleeting Existence - my third and latest collection of poetry is now available from Amazon. It contains
over seventy poems across a broad swath of topics and experiences from poems of poetry, philosophy, psychology
and science to the joy and awe of the nature and the universe we live in. Available now at


US Link: ... B00JV13BFA

UK Link: ... B00JV13BFA

A couple of samples to whet your appetite:


I think I have a wandering uterus
and I’m not sure when it began.
Years ago I had trouble breathing
doc said a polyp in my nose.

Then the headaches began
on that same left side I knew the
polyp had grown and with no relief
from aspirin or drugs,
I had to endure the pain,
but it got better -- eventually.

Then as though I was in a movie
-- Aliens with Sigourney Weaver --
one of those buggers was in
my liver pounding and pushing
to burst free. Such pain I’ve
never felt since my gall-bladder
was removed. I could only figure
it must have grown back,
when the docs found nothing wrong,
but it got better -- eventually.

Now I have this pain -- dare I say --
in my right testicle as though
it’s clamped in vise-grips
and a strong man tugging hard
and God I want to die.

It gets better and worse
I hope it gets better
but still I wonder
if perhaps it’s not all due
to that polyp on my brain.

"The Fall"

He lay broken at the bottom of the stairs
for three days before they found him.

The cats would rub against him
trying to get him to move –
even licking his face.

He’d broken his neck leaving him
unable to do anything but blink,
lick his lips, and swallow with difficulty.

"Full Moon Valentine’s Day"

The wolves will certainly howl
Warren Zevon will return
and the Werewolves of London
will have their day -- provided
they can cross the Thames.


will be a great day
and only eight years away.
Kenny A. Chaffin
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