Carnegie Mellon University
February 14, 2018

ECE Valentine's Day poem contest winners

Thank you to all who participated in the ECE Valentine's Day Poem Contest. There were so many entries, the judges could not decide on just one. Below are the winning poems.

Winning poem #1
"Me Too" - her Valentine's day
Rita Singh

Roses are red, violets are blue
and orchids come in every hue 
But you my love, are a treasure trove 
Of colors that only some can see 
Beyond the haze of decency 
You call upon all birds with a song 
Correcting for them, what others did wrong 
Becoming for each, their only one 
Every call, secretly sent 
To mean more than was actually meant 
A treasure trove, of political love 
Algorithmic plans, conditional rules 
If trapped proceed, if not then maim 
By showing the world a partial game 
Of one sided love, where you are above 
All blame, so very demure and tame 
Because you can, you rule the day 
No matter what she ever could say 
You’d wave a wand, and wish her away 
She has no voice, you took it away 
By weaving your plans, that very first day 
As magic mosaics, that change their scene 
The moment you wave a different theme 
So you are a God in the public eye 
And on this day, I say with a sigh 
Roses are red and violets are blue 
But maybe they are on your to-do list too 
All that is lovely, tender and true 
In this world, is lost on you 
You’re a wizard, your craft can do 
Her maximal harm when she says “me too” 
Maybe she’ll die or maybe she’ll live 
In shame for ever, for no one will give 
Her flowers, or love for even a while 
No gifts, no glances, not even a smile 
You wave your wand, and then she wears 
Invisible clothes that shame her, and tears 
Invisible too so no one can see 
Her pain, her sorrow, except for me 
For I came from where such schemes are rare 
But people know, they can be so 
So every time you made a move 
I wrote it in words that always are true 
Like “roses are red and violets are blue” 
In colors I bring, that still carry through 
So here they are, in letters and runes 
In prose and in verse, in sketches and tunes

Winning poem #2
Emily Ruppel

Roses are red, violets are blue 
I was waiting for sparks, and my dreams came true

We met months ago, at the Open House, 
but then you were hidden in Hamerschlag for a tape out

In Spring we reconnected, and at a Pirates game I met you. 
If only I'd thought not to invite my sister too…

A real first date was in order, Noodlehead is always a good bet, 
and before very long we were talking neural nets.

We took many walks, in the summer that followed, 
debating FPGA's and ASICS down Panther Hollow.

Like giant nerds we ran off, to see the solar eclipse. 
It was well worth the drive all the way to St. Louis.

The fall was a blur, but I'll never cease to be impressed,
you pulled it off, you made it through your defense!

And now that it's winter and excess electrons abound, 
it's no wonder that there are frequent shocks to be found

We've got so much Potential that I can't say I mind, 
when the air breaks down and charge jumps from your hand to mine.

But don't worry- we'll stay grounded, no over-voltage warning here. 
It's just what happens when you love an engineer.

Winning poem #3 (tied)
Mario Berges

Roses are red, 
violets are blue 
if you give me a moment 
I'll reveal it all to you

A moment of joy 
or a moment of sorrow, 
statistical moments 
and/or any that follow

If a moment of these 
is what you are going through 
then you've reached the right sphere: 
I'll multipole it for you

Especially if your moment 
is of the abstract kind, 
a second or a third; 
e.g., kurtosis comes to mind

Then it's your duty, my dear, 
to share it all, come clean, 
as I'm a master of moments 
and my raw one is mean

So bring me your zeroth, 
your first, 
or your sixth 
saddest moments; 
your emotional history 
as the poles 
of your journey

I will show you the shape 
of your tried and true soul 
and the higher-order truths 
that will, again, make you whole

Winning poem #3 (tied)
Tyler Vuong

Roses are red 
violets are blue 
my love for you is like schrodinger's cat 
except both states are that i love you