The Poetic Sequel: The Morphing Morpheme Study

The Poetic Sequel: The Morphing Morpheme Study

3 years done, “The Study” stretches ahead of me, ready to commence? and I look back

to 3 years ago, a study defined and laid out, I thought it was good but it was not

each stone was laid out and as I moved forward, large chunks of stone would fall away

one block would crumble, unnoticed, until oh! that’s right

I did have a different plan, didn’t I, not that long ago, was it.

I would look up, look ahead, see down other paths and observe

other paths already laid before me and ones that had merged

and I realize again and again little details, small adjustments to be made

maybe embellishments that just… make more sense along this path.

I speak with others and new ideas emerge

sometimes my vision and their visions differed

and I only realize later, when new designs are drafted

red markings on the page would say, I thought you said…

so it morphs, yes it does, doesn’t it.


What Kind?

I planned to teach, to train, to intervene many children

but no, just a few

but no, let’s not intervene, let’s assess

so I will instead test and test and test

I will describe and explore and lay new ground for future work, and that will be good.


What Measure?

I will teach morphemes, I said, yes, the mean-ing-ful and the intent-ion-al

in lists and tests and the manipula-tion of morphemes

and will this help a child to learn to read, will it?

but wait, there are also phonemes, the p-a-r-t-s of w-or-d-s

and an awareness of these p-ie-c-e-s, these parts, I will measure this.

No, I will not teach, no, but instead it will be convers-ation-al

and I will write it all down and find morphemes within…

And reading, well, it will be real words and fake words

no, also speed and accuracy!

and understanding whole sentences, it will

no, no speed and accuracy, no time, not needed, scratch that.



oh so many different children with abilities to hear

through the ear through the cochlear machine through the what?

ok, no cochlear machine, narrow the focus

only the aid that makes sounds louder but does not recreate sound, new sound.

and how old? yes, older, like teenagers

no no no, that’s not right, younger, youth

well, child, yes fresh in school, learning to read, that is right, that is good.


But do you see? it’s not just me, it could be you

and you too will lay out your foundation and breathe a sigh of completion

then time will pass and plans will change, that’s ok

our thoughts will revise and reimagine and refresh, that’s even better.

Don’t hold tight to your plans, keep moving forward down that path

it’s okay if the path behind you crumbles, adjusts, is reinforced behind you

it will all make sense in the end, the path may be more narrow yet stronger

it may split into several small tracks, it may suddenly merge with another

a path will become more than just a path, it will build a journey and a destination

or lead to new paths, nay, we will build networks that link to other paths

it will all make sense, we will make sense of it all.

And so it continues, and morphs, and changes

I have a dream!, a vision, a fledgling plan

ask me tomorrow, what is my plan?

we shall see, won’t we.



The Poetic Sequel: Jobs Where You Can ‘Get Your Research On’ as a Clinician

The Poetic Sequel: Jobs Where You Can ‘Get Your Research On’ as a Clinician

Once your PhD reaches completion, sights set on employment

A place to produce, to collaborate, to earn

Is academia the sole destination for your research enjoyment?

Why no, no indeed, there’s so much you did learn!


As a researcher, it’s clear, study design becomes easy

Your sharp mind can envision, can ensure data’s collected

You can arrange data points in a way that is pleasing

To analyze, report, present, publish as expected


But there is so much more, like your ability to organize

To lead and train others, solve problems, no sweat!

Your ability to communicate, collaborate and advise


You can write, write, write, write!


So the jobs you could get:


Of course there’s Professor, which gives much flexibility

To break new theoretical ground with the utmost agility!


Be a Clinical Researcher and start your own business

See your own clients, run studies, you must be ambitious


Or step up and be Head Scientist in a hospital

Daily inspiration surrounds you, knowledge translation is critical



Prefer to not be the boss? Clinical Associate might suit you

Be the star clinician you are, with a flair for peer review


How do you feel about Clinical Research Coordinator?

Stay behind the scenes, mastermind, like a knowledge creator


Perhaps Clinical Services Manager is your future role

Clinicians appreciate evidence-based protocol


Finally, you may work in Industry with a PhD

Make your skill set work for you in a career externally


Wherever you choose to go with your PhD, your vocation

I hope it is worth every darn grant application!


Image credit: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


The Poetic Sequel: Get Working on Networking

The Poetic Sequel: Get Working on Networking

Is it enough to just lower my head into the wind?

Stand, alone, as the breeze streams through hair desperately pinned

Must I lean, strain, block out the din

Of expectations and writing and perfection so as to win



There are many attempting to break through the din like me

Who also want that sweet, sweet position as a clinical researcher who is free

To explore the questions that come to me

It’s time to get to know my fellow wind-breakers and them, me


Let truth be told,

One, I must know who is fighting the fight

I must listen to their stories, their needs, do for them what is right

I cannot push through a wind that is not their plight

Do I seek a truth that need not be told?


In fact,

Two, a researcher cannot act alone or she’s trapped

Into a solitary quest when so many are willing to interact

On similar thoughts and ideas, towards a common pact

At a time when teamwork is what earns the contract


It is true,

Three, others must know about me, like you

As you read of the journey I am mingling through

On the chance that you know of a post with a better view

Where all of our questions are the very ones I may pursue

After the dissertation is due


Those who have trod the ground before me

And broken the wind ahead of me

And look back to see me

Pushing through


Students and fellows,

Knowledge-seekers and gurus,

You with experiences lived, you who manage the crew

Share this journey with me, get to know me as I meet you

We must get working, on networking

For the real world to know, be known and break through.




The Poetic Sequel: Lost in (Knowledge) Translation

The Poetic Sequel: Lost in (Knowledge) Translation

The Real KT


To translate what is believed to be known

Into another version of the same or similar



To swap perspectives

Adopt different viewpoints that may view the information from different points

With a different focus for a different person

Is not the same for one as for another


But translating requires


What is important to one

Is not the same for one as for another



what do you need?


this is what may not work


this is how research works


let’s do this together


here is what we’ve discovered so far


we’re finishing things up now


what could we do better?


To translate does not mean

To start at the end

Disseminate what we think we learned

It means to start at the beginning

To translate our understanding of what needs to be known for new knowledge to be useful


For knowledge to be used


We must translate our knowledge of how to do research



Image credit: C2E2 –

The Poetic Sequel: Writing Realizations of a Newbie

The Poetic Sequel: Writing Realizations of a Newbie

I have been writing for a long time

For many years…


I enjoyed writing poetry in junior high school

About crushes, curiosity and friendship

Essays were also not that hard for me, I excelled


During my BA in linguistics, I wrote about jobs in my field for a newsletter

I enjoyed it

I collected high marks on critical essays, reaction papers

It all came quite easily to me, I did not struggle

My honours thesis gave me more grief,

But still it did not break me


My masters was in speech-language pathology

I wrote journal entries, essays, a thesis

Writing got progressively more challenging

My masters thesis was a ride, but I got through it


I have been writing for a long time…

But it was different than writing now

Never did I have a real audience


Now, as I work towards publications

I am vulnerable

Every assertion, every word

Will be judged and pondered over

First by my supervisor

Then by reviewers

Finally by the readers

I think of those I look up to, those I admire

They could read my work…


I stress over every statement

Do I have the authority to say this?

Who has the authority to say this?

References, references, references…

My words are constantly reworded by others

Will they remain my words?


I have been writing for a long time

But not this kind of writing

In this, I am so new, so naive, so fresh

The writing realizations

Of a newbie