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The Sassy Scientist – Science Sweethearts III

The Sassy Scientist – Science Sweethearts III

Athena is torn between desire and duty, and asks:


What is your opinion on workplace romances?


Dear Athena,

Following the overwhelming success of the last two posts on workplace romance, this Valentine’s Day has prompted a return to the magic of poetry to answer this question. In the form of the villanelle this time. No, not the beloved character from the tv show or the novella series, but the French verse. Enjoy.

Are you still in doubt whom to love and kiss?
To work on vile quakes, is to feel alone.
Pursue that siren out of single’s abyss.

A look at the sky with ignorant bliss.
My mind in the clouds, my thoughts set in stone.
Are you still in doubt whom to love and kiss?

Don’t worry, never, your maths are amiss
For a trembling Earth, beneath a locked zone.
Pursue that siren out of single’s abyss.

Flowing mantle and flexing plates remiss,
Auroras dawn upon fleeting ozone.
Are you still in doubt whom to love and kiss?

Looking magnetic, with two poles that is,
In eyes that glimmer, as precious gemstone.
Pursue that siren out of single’s abyss.

Through transient thoughts, I leave you with this:
A love not desired, is a love left unknown,
Are you still in doubt whom to love and kiss?
Pursue that siren out of single’s abyss.

Yours truly,

The Sassy Scientist

PS: This post was written for those who are completely smitten.

The Sassy Scientist
I am currently employed at a first tier research institute where I am continuously working with the greatest minds to further our understanding of the solid Earth system. Whether it is mantle or lithosphere structure and dynamics, solid Earth rheology parameters, earthquake processes, integrating observations with model predictions or inversions: you have read a paper of mine. Even if you are working on a topic I haven’t mentioned here, I still know everything about it. Do you have any problems in your research career? I have already experienced them. Do you struggle with your work-life balance? Been there, done that. Nowadays, I have only one hobby: helping you out by answering the most poignant questions in geodynamics, research and life. I am waiting for you right here. Get inspired.

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