Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just a Pinch

image from Magpie Tales 53
There's table salt (NaCl) to season your foods
And lithium (Li2CO3) to balance your moods
Use calcium chloride (CaCl2) to keep things dry
And rubidium (RbNO3) for purple on the 4th of July.
Use epsom salts (MgSO47H20) to soak your feet
And if you're sore, bath salts (MgSO4) are sweet!
Rock salt (NaCl) helps with driveways and ice creams
Sodium nitrate (NaNO3) grows roses like dreams.
Saltpeter (KNO3) is needed to keep guns equipped
Preserving salamis and keeping pants zipped!
So whatever the problem, whatever the fault
It's easy to fix it--add a big dash of salt!


Elaine said...

I love this...especially the rhyme!

Helen said...

My favorite salt? The ice cream variety!!

Louise said...

Poetry and science with a twist of salt.....wonderful.

Lyn said...

Well, aren't you the clever one..will copy this list and save it! Bath salts for me tonight!

Hyde Park Poetry Palace said...

super delicious tale.

Tumblewords: said...

A delightful poem - it sings of the beauty of wonderful salt!

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

Wonderful application of a nuanced 'sour' note.

Chrissy said...

love how you pulled so many of salt's properties together in such a whimsical way!

Anonymous said...

Sweet poem
You salty dog
Thanks for the laughs
Of this non-haiku blog
Salts central to me
As is chemistry
But laughter's the thing
Makes you a shaker of me
It can't better be!

Tess Kincaid said...

So clever, Mouse. I love this.

Christine said...

I can hear the elements app song as I read your poetry, wonderfully enlightening.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

rich dishes.
you make me hungry.

thanks for the treat.

Kavita said...

Woowww!! I wish my chemistry teachers had taught me about all those compounds in poetic form! I would've definitely learnt 'em faster!

AWESOME poem, this!! Much enjoyed, Lola!!

Linda said...

This is so creative and cute, and I love the rhyme. You even slipped in a chemistry lesson. Great magpie!!!