A poet has written a poem on a pill to highlight the fight against cancer.
The 51-word verse has been micro-engraved on a replica tablet just 20mm (0.8in) wide.
Britain’s poet laureate Simon Armitage wrote the piece to symbolically show the precise science being brought to bear in the fight against cancer.
The words of the poem, which was commissioned by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), were expertly etched on to the tiny replica pill by artist Graham Short.
“Science and poetry are closer associates than many people assume, and it was exciting to work on a project that deals with cutting-edge medical research.
“And, like science, poetry is a ‘what if’ activity, imagining outcomes and possibilities-based creative thinking,” Mr Armitage said.
The poem, titled Finishing It, reads: “I can’t configure/a tablet/chiselled by God’s finger/or forge/a scrawled prescription,/but here’s an inscription, formed/on the small white dot/of its own/full stop,/the sugared pill/of a poem, one sentence/that speaks ill/of illness itself, bullet/with cancer’s name/carved brazenly on it.”
The finished work will be displayed permanently at the Centre For Cancer Drug Discovery in London, aimed at researching drugs to effectively battle the disease, when it opens next year.
Paul Workman, of The Institute of Cancer Research, said: “Simon Armitage’s poem engraved on a pill perfectly conveys the exquisite precision of the work the ICR’s scientists will be conducting in our new Centre For Cancer Drug Discovery.
The ICR is seeking to raise £14m (€15m) to complete the centre where the poetic pill will be housed.
The Centre For Cancer Drug Discovery will focus on tackling adaptive resistance to anti-cancer medication.