A Reaction to Chemistry

We have ended
The classic dictatorship
Of the four elements,
No longer are health and art
Subject to their balancing act.

Our heroes,
Lavoisier, Mendeleev
Planck, and Bohr, divided
And conquered the basic
Substances, turning four
To pieces and finding
Earth inside Water
And Fire coming from Air.

There is no need of balance now,
Only acquisition, there are
Deficiencies, nothing more
And we can delight in surpluses
As we contain Fire in aspergills
Overhanging at our fingertips,
And Water in plastic Earth,
Hard as rock.


- Benjamin Nardolilli