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POEM: complexity

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complexity

At the center of an atom
(we learned in school)
is the nucleus, around which
orbit a certain number
of protons and electrons,
depending on what the atom
is an atom of. Groups
of these atoms get together
to form molecules of other
stuff. The trick is to get
exactly the right combination
to make the thing you
want to make. But sometimes,
as simple as that sounds,
you miss your chance. The
atom you want binds with
something else, and you’re
left floating, a single bit
of helium or hydrogen
whirling around, waiting
for a connection.

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25 January 2014
Oak Street

Published in Random Musings

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