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Creative Writing

Poem: ‘Dusk Sighs Softly Once More’ Sijo

Young palm fronds peer over the fairy-glass waves of the turtle tarn Parallel golden strips lowers itself into the mirror pond Not a ripple in sight — a mask-draped chelonia sleeps inside     Explanation: The first stanza’s palm fronds are probably not actual palm fronds, but the plants looked a lot like one! The…
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Lauren Lee

February 19, 2021

Young palm fronds peer over the fairy-glass waves of the turtle tarn

Parallel golden strips lowers itself into the mirror pond

Not a ripple in sight — a mask-draped chelonia sleeps inside

 


 

Explanation:

The first stanza’s palm fronds are probably not actual palm fronds, but the plants looked a lot like one!

The second stanza depicts a real, but odd phenomenon in which the sun’s rays moves vertically downward.

The third stanza is about a turtle, or more specifically, an endangered sea turtle (which is a type of chelonia), that had died after eating a littered mask. Fun fact: the sea turtle’s scientific name is chelonia mydas. The mask is “draped” over the turtle like a makeshift shroud. The carcass would have polluted the waters, which explains why there are no other turtles or any other living creatures.

This was inspired by the Descanso Gardens (without the deceased turtle part)

Column: Breaking down the uses of lambda

Column: Breaking down the uses of lambda

What is lambda? You may know that it’s the eleventh letter in the Greek alphabet. Perhaps you recall from Physics that it’s the symbol used to represent wavelength in calculations, or you might have heard about it from other places. In C++, a lambda is an expression...