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Poem: "The Transformation of Elements"

Today's first freebie poem was inspired by siliconshaman and concerns the relationship between mystical elements and states of matter, between matter and energy, and between ideas of the past and the present.

The Transformation of Elements

Matter and energy can be neither created nor destroyed,
only transformed.

When first our ancestors began to contemplate the elements,
they sorted the world into the four material elements, and one extra --
Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit.

In time we discovered that there are many elements,
which may exist in the four states of matter, and one extra --
Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, and Energy.

These ideas are related, united,
held within the material of our bodies
and the dancing patterns of our minds.

Knowledge can be neither created nor destroyed,
only discovered or lost.

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: March 3rd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohohoh! I love this one!!!!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad to hear that.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


I have been thinking of Solid/Earth, Liquid/Water, Gas/Air for many years. I think I originally had Fire as "chemical transformation." When I looked at this version, I thought about how our understanding of "the elements" has changed over time, but it is still based on the components of the material world ... perceived through the mind's eye. So there you have it.
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