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Second Identity

By Karishma Mehta

It would be impossible for a scientist

to deny their second identity as a poet.

The beauty of science is such that

it cannot be

imprisoned in textbooks.

it must be

spoken from

the highest of elevations

heard within

the deepest corners of our universe

rich with

metaphor and meter

full of

rhythm and rhyme.


Karishma Mehta is a rising Indian-American poet. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from GWU, and lives in the Washington D.C. area. Her writing creates connections between science and poetry, and focuses on issues like identity, minority experiences, women and youth empowerment, human psychology, and more

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