As promised, I have some poems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lit magazine Rune to share with you. This first one is a love poem written by Allan Ko, who runs one of several student blogs featured on the MIT Admissions website. Allan’s blog is really awesome; it gives some cool insights into what it’s like to be an aerospace engineering undergrad at MIT, a temporary Seattle-ite while interning at Amazon, an amateur playwright, and more. You should check it out.
When I came across his poem in the current issue of Rune, I couldn’t wait to post it, because there’s perhaps nothing I appreciate more than a well-executed nerdy love poem. Big thanks to Allan for letting me share it!
On Loving an Engineer By Allan Ko On our first date, we saw a movie. On our second, dinner—at the student center. On our third date she brought me to a hackathon, and I spent three hours pushing pins into other pins, following a diagram littered with lines and boxes like it was the first draft of a LEGO construction book, while she waited in line for the 3D printers. Sometimes she uses words I’m not sure are English. I bring her coffee and she kisses me distractedly— I have filled sketchbooks with portraits of her working early mornings as I lounge insomniatic in bed, and When I bring her flowers, she sets aside exactly six to bring to lab: one for every hour between midnight and sunrise, one for every hour I sleep alone on her nocturnal days, one for every kiss she’s promised for the morning. Her kisses taste like atomic fire, laser light illuminating, and they fill with the heat of quicksilver solder flowing molten. On our first date we saw a movie— Gravity, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, And when afterwards she said the physics was very good, I laughed Because usually love is about chemistry, but I’m just falling and falling and falling
This poem was used with the author’s permission. “On Loving an Engineer” originally appeared in Issue 35 of MIT’s literary magazine Rune.