The Science Of Violence

by CJ Maleney   Dec 17, 2018

When you have known true fear,
When you have felt true pain,
When you endured and survived it all.
They have nothing left to gain!

They will chip at your existence and sanity,
Try to dissolve all that you hold dear,
But they don't know what's in that petri dish of a brain,
And it is them that should know fear.

When there is nothing left to pull you back.
When you sit, and your brow furrows
Anger rages deep inside your mind,
And violence into your core does burrow.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
This has been proved and is the basis of all physics!
But when the action pushes a certain direction.
Then that action must desist.

Force equals mass times acceleration.
This is Sir Isaac Newton's greatest gift.
I doubt that he would have calculated.F=MA,
Were it gauged by foot or fist.

When aggressive, electric and volatile,
I bet this bit they will not know.
It's not the voltage that will usually maim or kill,
But the strength of current that does flow.

A man or woman can lose everything
The pain and calculation, they will not choose,
But the instigators of such things should know and fear.

The one with nothing left to lose.


F=MA- Force equals mass times acceleration. Pretty basic physics.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction (not every action has a reaction as most think) put into basic terms. The power you put into kicking a stone is pushed back at you. That's why you either feel it or it bloody hurts, although the force you apply can be spread in different ways dependant on the object.

V Over IR-voltage equals current multiplied by resistance but that's a triangular equation. So voltage divided by current gives resistance. Or voltage divided by resistance will give you the current.

Why do I still remember this after 30 years?


Couldn't do more with the biology/petri dish bit as I lost interest in biology when they asked us to dissect living things. I'm not squeamish or anything I just thought what a waste and that it was cruel and pointless.


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  • 5 months ago

    by Cam M

    Quite amusing, and rather insightful. I find your poetry quite satisfying to read. Thank you.

    • 5 months ago

      by CJ Maleney

      Thank you. Chuffed you liked it


  • 7 months ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Oh wow. So glad to see this nominated. All the very best

    • 7 months ago

      by CJ Maleney

      Thank you.

      Hope you have a fantastic Christmas and new years x

  • 7 months ago

    by Brenda

    Craig, fascinating write. A lot to ponder there and oh so true! People will never understand that the things they do will always have some sort of consequence. Well said Sir!

    • 7 months ago

      by CJ Maleney

      Thanks Bren.

      What goes around comes around And all that x

  • 7 months ago

    by Daniel

    You force a lot of rhyme here, and it’s kind of unfortunate because I like the idea, and the energy behind it. I mean, I’m not anti-rhyme, but the restructuring of sentence formation is distracting if it’s done a lot? Maybe it’s a style thing I need to get used to lol. The message is a positive one, and something we can all adhere to. I like a lot about this poem, despite my comments. Maybe I need to hear it spoken to appreciate it more.

    • 7 months ago

      by CJ Maleney

      I totally understand where you are coming from.

      It was one of those that was written in the early hours when I couldn't sleep. I had it in my head and just spilled it out. As is often the case with what I write. Things flow or they don't! This just kept going.

      I'll admit it kinda flashes in and out and is not an easy read, but it was an easy write. Also yes! When I read a poem out loud it's completely different to the way it reads.

      I've only done this once and it was in front of 50 people. Was I nervous? Dam right I was!.

      Thanks for the feed back it's appreciated.

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