Monday, September 21, 2009

William Blake.. poet.. Ph.D

we all know the amazing poem written by an equally amazing person called William Blake
His poem goes something like this :

To SEE the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wild flower
to hold infinity in the palm of my hand
and eternity in an hour

This is one of the most profound poems I have ever read. This is what he wishes to be able to see and experience. This poem does NOT end there as is popularly beleved but really goes on a long way with similar metaphors but the first 4 lines are my favourites.

But if William Blake was doing his phd in my lab.. what would he see ?
I think it would something like this

To see my future in a set of bands
and hope for an uninterrupted supply of power
To behold my CBB stained hands
and wish for good results in one hour

To hope that the admin people have done,
completed their own share of work
To wish that I don't have to run
to get away from by boss's quirk

To not add the wrong enzyme in the hour of need
but still do and have to face the fact alone
to be horrified at my guilty deed
a mistake that is hard to atone

To wish that people could understand
the importance of computation
and that not only wet work is grand
to sigh in my mounting frustration

to wish and dream of papers printed
to be acclaimed by the community
to desperately want this degree granted
to gain from here eternal immunity...



shilpa said...

hey good job!!! welcome to the wonderful world of Parodies!!!

Chaitali... said...

hhaha nice one! thanx for preparing me for my PhD that has just started :)
all the best with ur bands and power and enzymes and boss :)

Nandini said...

hey! It is by William Blake yaar..not robert frost

What u have written is so true.. ha ha ha ha..

Ashwin Kelkar said...

Thank you nandini.. It is indeed william blake and therefore have edited the blog accordingly :D

Mukta said...

nice one :) good luck with ur bands and boss. the ref to the quirky boss made me smile. i completely understand. its even worse to have two quirky parents and an equally crazy boss! sadhya ekdam dhadadhad blog posts ahet :) creative forces taking over?

Ashwin Kelkar said...

mukta for the answer read my twitters on the blog..

Prashant said...

I think the word "see" has been inadvertently missed in the first line of the original i.e. "To see the world in a grain of sand". It does appear in the parody at that location though.

cheers keeping going!!

Ashwin Kelkar said...

prashant ... THAT is your comment ?? wow.. change the 'original' though.. but still.. THAT is all you could say ? damn...

yogeshwar said...

Well, you can say that Frost was so bored with his life that every hour felt like eternity...
with that transpose in mind, your poem sounds pretty jolly!

yogeshwar said...

Ok Blake.. not Frost.. didnt see the change

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