Poetry by Jeff Green

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Links in the chain

by cricketjeff on June 10, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved


        There’s alanine and arginine
        And glutanine, aspartic acid
        Isoleucine and plain leucine
        A list that makes me flat and placid
        Remembering the lot would be
        A far too boring task for me

Amino acids, as a group
Are really quite a motley troupe
The term just means a molecule
Whose functionality is dual
Carboxyl group and amine too
Means they have many tasks to do

They join to form in complex chains
The proteins that all life contains
Our cells are made from twenty two
Which really seems a lot too few
We have this stuff called RNA
Which shows these bricks the way to lay

        There’s tyroline and tryptophan
        And histidine and proline too
        Selenocysteine joined the clan
        I can’t recall them all, can you?
        Remembering the lot would be
        A far too boring task for me

The foods we eat contain the list
And none of them are safely missed
Amino acids on their own
Are foods most folk would leave alone
But joined to make a leg of lamb
Or flavouring a pound of jam
They make the prospect very sweet
Of finding something good to eat

Some biochemists spend each day
Aligning them some special way
To find the cure for all our ills
Which they can put in coloured pills
Or trying hard to find out why
They join up wrong and make us die
Amino acids one by one
A most peculiar source of fun

        Pyrrolysine’s now in the list
        Glutamic acid and the rest
        There’s many more that I have missed
        So Google them don’t be a pest!
        Remembering the lot would be
        A far too boring task for me

Author notes

Option #4: {Maybe Impossible?}

a. Write a poem on Amino Acids.