three-way [ 3(C2H2) -> C6H6 ]

Yesterday’s dVerse challenge was to write a trimeric poem. I thought “cool, a chemistry topic! My chemistry is a bit oxidised, but I still remember what a trimer is… right, here we go:

Oh ethyline, oh ethyline
you pretty little thing,
oh my darling little monomer,
from you I’ll make a ring!

You pretty little thing,
Let me loosen all your bonds,
No, leave on your hydrogen…

Oh my darling little monomer,
look, I’ve brought a friend for you,
hold hands and dance along of her!

From you I’ll make a ring,
all that’s needed is a third
to which you both can cling.

Oh ethylines, oh ethylines,
you pretty little things,
my darling little trimer,
now a lovely benzene ring.

…reading on, I realised that a poem about a molecule made from three other identical molecules was not in fact what was wanted.  And that I’m probably even more of a nerd than I realised.  Damn. Oh well.  Time for some ethanol.

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38 responses to “three-way [ 3(C2H2) -> C6H6 ]

  1. writingwhatnots

    This has a lovely rhythm to it – and now I know what ethylene is and what a monomer is (yes, I looked them up) 😁.

  2. How delightful! How smart! And in the process of reading your poem, I got educated! Cheers.

  3. oh ok thought it might have been unleaded petrol is all.

  4. I feel like I learned actual knowledge from a poem. Well done.

  5. From what I’ve read of your poetry this makes you no more of a nerd then you already appear. 😁 Rather fun education, Kate! Speaking of sciencey poetry, I meant to pass this to you earlier. The “Me fail? I fly!” blog (another Aussie) I read had a Journal review the other day, and one of the Journals reviewed was the Science issue of “Rabbit.” Which is a ‘journal of nonfiction poetry.’ It’s here if you are interested: https://shawjonathan.com/2021/05/31/journal-blitz-7/

  6. I never enjoyed chemistry in school, but at least it can be taken advantage of for good poetry~

  7. Kate,
    You’ve cast a chemical spell with this one, hypnotic as each line chants its own formula of bonds and attractions! I love it!
    pax,
    dora

  8. Delightful and fun to read!

  9. So fun! Like Michael Rosen for grown-ups!

  10. It’s a lovely dance–we don’t need intimate knowledge to participate. (K)

  11. M

    from saucy electrons to sauce… a fine decanting.

    oddly, somehow I have been told I have ‘won’ the city of Livermore’s Science Poetry each of the last 2 years. (Yes, the same Livermore of lab fame). I think it was a small field.

  12. I think you did trimeric justice to the prompt! You reminded me of GCSE chemistry, which I actually quite liked, so thank you 🙂

  13. A very fun trimeric, Kate! I thought I was a nerd until I read this. I must admit I had to look up the words ethylene and monomer 😀 My mind boggles at what you were doing at the time 🙂

  14. sanaarizvi

    This is gorgeously rendered, Kate! 😀

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