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Three Silly Poems

by Lionel E. Deimel






The element you’re prone to meet when you’re dead

Is lead





To that stack of porno prints, might there be a link

To your printer’s being out of ink?

Ya think?





Alchemists of old, I’m told,

Were keen on turning lead to gold.

That failure rates were very high

Did not convince them not to try.






 Gold entry from Periodic Table


I was perhaps trying to channel Ogden Nash when I wrote this set of frivolous poems. The first two poems may not be terrific, but I rather like “Persistence.”

You may have noticed that the elements gold and lead play a role in two of these poems. After writing my poem “Mercury,” I considered writing a series of poems for each of the chemical elements. Materials such as “molybdenum” and “praseodymium” have discouraged me from this project, but incorporating elements into poems is always in the back of my mind.

These poems were written on May 13, 2012.

— LED, 1/24/2013

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