Hello. I’ve written a lot this week but the poem I am going to share with you today is special in the way that it combines my day job (metallurgy) with my super-hero power of rhyme! I felt it was a good way to get my geek on.
I was inspired by Harry Baker as I watched his poem about prime numbers and thought, hell, if he can make a poem about maths then surely I can do one about metals! Mine is even educational (to an extent). His poetry is really good, very clever. You can check it out here – https://www.harrybaker.co/ or look on YouTube, but be sure to check mine out first!
That’s right, as a first for me, I have put one of my poems on YouTube. Head on over by clicking here to watch it, or if you want to read it first, see below.
I’m not a big fan of my voice and I’m a believer that I’m a better writer than performer but I suppose I just need a bit more practice in front of the camera. I filmed it on my Huawei Y7 and I don’t think the microphone is the best and it kept trying to auto-focus but it will do for now. Might invest in some proper video equipment later.
Anyway, without further ado, allow me to present:
Stainless-ness Steel by Liam Overend
It causes me much grief
That contrary to belief
Stainless steel isn’t really stainless
You shouldn’t be surprised
That it can be oxidised
And turned into a brown and flaky mess
When left in certain acids
The metal becomes less placid
And bubbles indicate a small reaction
You’ll see the surface layer
Becomes darker and much greyer
And soon you won’t be seeing your reflection
And it’s not just acids, see
That make stainless less shiny
But welding is also a thing they hate
If you get your practise wrong
Those tiny atoms will move along
And your carbons will sure enough migrate
And why is it they roam?
They have an affinity for chrome
Call it some small atomic lust
So if you agitate the surface
The stainless can’t fulfill its purpose
And that’s how, ladies and gentlemen, your stainless steel will rust
Thank you very much for reading, and remember to check out my YouTube video by clicking here!