Too Systas

a rat v 3‘Too Systas’ is the brand name for collaborative works between Dr Leanda and her sister Lady Felicity.

Many works are currently in development, but for now please enjoy a poem about Prof Barbara York Main entitled ‘Owed to Barbara’.

Over time and career we learn and we teach
Share knowledge and wisdom with those we can reach
From formal instruction in methods and fact
To personal doctrines that shape how we act
Sometimes we’re lucky and we will be blessed
With a capable mentor who inspires our best
Respected and learned in our field or skill
We follow direction, their vessel to fill
Barbara York main was a lady I followed
Down paths she has cleared, into niches she’s hollowed
In hindsight it’s taken me years just to process
The foresight that Barbara invoked toward progress
A woman of science, a pioneer true
Earned on her own merit and helped herself through
Hostile environments inside and out,
Endured for pure research, not standing or clout
Though humble, reclusive and hidden from sight
Her books and her papers would shed quite a light
On my personal interest to study the spider
I soon had a goal and my own space beside her
Patience and wisdom, determined resilience
Ethics and values of unquestioned brilliance
Seeds that she felt were the right ones to sow
Indeed sprouted roots and continued to grow
The great minds among us see forward and back
Through time and tradition to pick up the slack
Understanding the past for exploring the new
Reliable structures extrapolate through
Contributions of insight, experiments that start
Without any kudos or gain from this part
Longitudinal work in its slow onward grindings
Bestow on the next generation deep findings
Then there’s the story of #16
The oldest of spiders the world had yet seen
A trapdoor whom Barbara discovered and tagged
Went virally famous when dead she was flagged
Though honoured to speak on behalf of the study
It pains me that Barbara’s thoughts now get muddy
Too late moments of praise, recognition of worth,
Efforts and great contributions to earth
So much achieved, so much more to contribute
A lifetime of lessons passed on to distribute
Through publishing, teaching or close demonstration
Humanity learns only from collaboration

 

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