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Organic Chemistry in Space

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I started sharing poetry articles back in 2013. Every year I share a poem a day in April.


Organic Chemistry in Space

Carbon is a source of many

compounds determined to be organic.

Could make a living thing living.

CHNOPS, not hops in a beer,

Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Phosphorus, Sulfur,

how many molecules were in the soup?

Hungry molecules looking to

hook up with many other molecules.

Hardly a dance for the weak

hearted Phosphorus, odiferous Sulfur.

Not a day goes by without

Nature reminding us moments of the living.

Newtonian physics for rent,

new housing for molecules of life.

Nodding off, floating in free space.

Overhead where only my eyes travel,

Oxygen waits to be taken into

our lungs, our hard working lungs,

overreactive respiratory instinct,

onward into the reactions of stars.

Primordial ooze in my soup.

Please pass some salt crackers too.

Pretend that long chain carbon grows

probablyinto alcohols of aldehydes.

powet our batteries with Adenine Triphosphate.

So historically these molecules bath in

starlight, travel on cosmic waves.

Sober, to our lowly piece of rock,

satisfying the dust by creating life.

Swimming together until a cell's heartbeat starts.

© 2018 Jamie Lee Hamann

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