An Atom A Day #poem #poetry

At school they said: ‘Geoffrey,

Be whatever you want to be.

There’s an infinite range of possibilities

in me.

Which must be true as

I’ve itemised

How atomised

I am.

I have 6.5 octillion atoms

Dotted all round and about

So chances are,

I’m must be in with a shout of:

William Shakespeare

And enough monkeys to type Hamlet;

Churchill and all his cigars;

Every mass murderer and all their victims;

Politicians of every hue,

But not their promises

As they have no substance;

Fish and fowl;

Friend and Foe;

Cain and Able;

Abbott and Costello;

My father’s oft clipped toenails,

My mother’s deepest sighs;

But not her hats,

Which remain forever indestructible;

Gladiators and Radiators

And bits of every ex;

Disappointed French masters

And second hand corn plasters;

The dreadful and the damned;

The finest in the land.

Every gender and genre

Must be represented here,

Except perhaps my brother,

For while nature must know best

Even she would draw the line

At atom-based incest.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to An Atom A Day #poem #poetry

  1. joylennick says:

    Excellent. Food for thought…x

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  2. trifflepudling says:

    Best not to think too hard about one’s origins! Just think about the Homo Erectus who one day decided to take a walk towards Sapiens as a result of their newly bigger brain.

    I had a boss who used to say about people’s behaviour “It’s just the way they’re made”. So true – much of it is down to just the way the atom cookie crumbles. For both good and bad characteristics.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    I enjoyed this – the mind takes you to wonderful places populated by atoms!

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  4. There’s about 8.5 billion atoms in a chromosome, although some have it as 14.4 billion. That is a huge margin for error, or damage, or deviation. No wonder my head hurts! If you wish to delve further, then atoms are made up of hadrons (namely protons and neutrons) and electrons. Hadrons are made up of quarks, held together by a force known as strong force. Strong force is a fundamental mechanism of the universe (much like the law of gravity, another fundamental force) that binds quarks together to form things like protons and neutrons, which in turn form atoms. There, your head hurts too now!

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    That’s quite a list and with a twist of humor at the end.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. A great lesson in atom agglomeration

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  7. You’re made of 100 percent recycled materials!

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  8. Brilliant, Geoff, especially the ending. I’ll bet your brother is relieved.

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