Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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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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