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About 6 years ago, I was about to quit planetary science for a few reasons and I wrote a poem to express myself. Yesterday’s bombings in Sri Lanka brought into focus again the fact that I need to do more to solve problems of society with intention. Though I love doing science, for me doing science without any intention of helping people is improper.

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When I was a kid I got a chance to see
The very worst of humanity
Like being shook-up by several bombs
That last one scared the hell out of me

I started singing ‘quit playing games’ to God
God, could you please make all this stop?
All I wanted was to hurry up and leave
Go far away to the Land of the Free

I can’t do this, do this no more
I can’t step up and do something more
I don’t want to grow up like this no more
I can’t do this, do this no more

Just when I got here those towers fell
Tell me this horror didn’t follow me here
Just like before brave folks stepped up
I was star-gazing while Michael was killed

I got three diplomas while shooting for the Moon
What was the point? What did any of that do?
I might be damaged, I might be broke
But I finally know that I must go

I can’t do this, do this no more
I gotta step up and do something more
So that no kid grows up like me no more
I can’t do this, do this no more