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Salty Sentinels

When lyrics and music are combined they take on a whole new life.
When chlorine and sodium assimilate they make salt.
Separately they are limited, combined they are significant.
Together we can accomplish much, divided we dither. 

Salty Sentinels By James E. Tate Sodium ions stable, assembled on the table, Salivating palates crave. Chlorine ions tiny, mustering soldiers briny, Guarding corners brave. Sodium Chloride making, crystal shakers shaking Cubes of salty white. Ever fighting blandness, vectors adding grandness, Enhance the appetite.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again” It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

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  1. Date: 12/20/2011 8:42:00 AM
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours James E. Love and blessings, Carol

  1. Date: 10/9/2011 7:21:00 PM
    e;njoyed the comparisons!! well thought out provoking poem!! ecducational!

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 7:00:00 PM
    Imagine soldiers in a tug of war. An ion of chlorine glares from one corner at a sodium ion guarding the opposite side. As crystallization occurs the chlorine wins in the stare-down. Sodium surrenders its single valence electron to chlorine and together they become sodium chloride.