Poetry

I=E/R in 13 couplets

 ... investigating Ohm's Law

by Steve Johnson

While learning about an electrical circuit,
I became confused on just how to work it.

"Teach" drew on the board, a "real cool" schematic,
But it only grew worse as I stared and stared at it.

Transformer, coil, condenser or fuse!
I couldn't imagine which one to use.

And then in my mind, as I sat there yawning,
The answer arose like the sun in the morning.

Leave out the resistors; those parts are confusing
And then, by gosh, I'd know what he was using!

So I threw out each one, and connected each wire
And the value of "I" grew higher and higher.

And then the fuse melted right out of the socket.
So I slipped in a penny I had in my pocket.

The paint on the trainer was melting like tar,
But the circuit was growing much simpler by far.

And then as I connected the very last wire
Somebody yelled, "Look out for the fire!"

And just as he said it, there was a bright flash;
Followed at once by a very loud crash!

The last I remember was smoke filling the room
And I thought to myself, "This looks like my doom!"

But my life was spared, and for this I thank God.
But I woke up next week in a hospital ward.

So the moral of this most unusual instance
Is, "When fooling with circuits, don't leave out resistance."


Steve Johnson
Lowery Air Force Base, Technical Training School
1956


June 4, 2004


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