Poems of the Week

Lab Procedure

by Dan Campion

“Discoveries at the edge of the periodic table: First ever measurements of einsteinium”

While politicians haw and hem
And talking heads lace into them
As [bleep] fan ups in rpm,
Some chemists make, far from that scrum,
New measures of einsteinium:

E.g., “bond distance,” which may yield
Yet further breakthroughs in the field.

We ought to celebrate, I’d say,
The scientists who spend their day
Sequestered from the common fray
And hearken to the different drum
Of measuring einsteinium.