Five Elemental Monoku
I. BISMUTH 
rainbow-sheened cubist castles -- silver-pink of hue
II. IODINE 
gunmetal grey crystals sublime -- and billow purple
III GALLIUM 
metallic grey and stiff -- melting in a cordial clasp
IV. HELIUM 
spent star-fuel -- alpha-ray remains – blimp-floater
V. RHODIUM 
brightly-burnished -- rarer than platinum -- dearer than gold
January 4, 2020
Many years ago, 1975 or so, I found a little book in the library of Pine View School in Sarasota, Florida, which contained mostly-humorous verse of an unusual sort: a quatrain each for every chemical element. (Whether the non-primordial elements were included, and whether the Rare Earth elements were treated individually or as a group, I cannot recall.) The name of the book has eluded my memory... a portmanteau or pun on "Chemistry" and "Christianity" of some sort, perhaps? I can only recall two of the quatrains; they went:
Xenon has a cross to carry,
Staying single his chief goal;
Now they've gone and made him marry!
Modern science has no soul.
The melting point of Rhenium
Is high as a proscenium.
She plays the part and shrieks "Thou liest!"
When Carbon says his own is highest.
If anyone recognizes this, or could help me locate the book, I would be most sincerely grateful!
Copyright © J P Marmaro | Year Posted 2020
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