Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water,
and nobody knows what that is.

–D. H. Lawrence

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

a fluid situation



When oxygen and hydrogen find one another,
their joining produces fiery passion. 
Out of this fire, water is born.

Quaint Victorian chemistry gives us an image of

one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms in a fixed
that bounces around from place to place. 

The reality of water is not so orderly.

The hydrogen atoms are not owned by any particular
oxygen atom.

Water is a substance very much in love with itself,
and the atoms connect in webs and clusters 
where oxygen shares around the hydrogen atoms freely,
a fluid situation indeed.

–Ian D. Anderson, Ian Lurking Bear 



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