Too Systas

a rat v 3

‘Too Systas’ the brand name for collaborative works from Dr Leanda and her sister Lady Felicity.

Future publications are currently in progress but for now, the aforementioned two sisters would like you to please enjoy a tribute poem to 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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