Sunday, December 15, 2019

Travelling wave reactor haiku

Black swans and alicorns
©2019 Charlene Brown

When putting together 'found' poetry for Inventing the Future, my book of clean energy haiku,  I somehow missed ‘travelling wave reactor,’ a potential source of clean energy with seven syllables!  So here it is – the most enigmatic poem yet.
An allegory
Travelling wave reactor
Alchemy balance

An allegory is a device used in ­literature and art to ­signify a meaning that is not literal. It may be symbolic of a concept such as:
  • a black swan, which is an unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically one with extreme consequences, or 
  • a mythological creature, a mixture of pegasus and unicorn, referred to as an alicorn - the Latin word for the horn of a unicorn in alchemical texts.
Alchemy is, of course, the medieval forerunner of chemistry - a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination.