Poems of the Week

The Reaffirmation of Knots

by Dan Campion

“Chemists Have Just Tied The Tightest Knot Ever, Made of Just 54 Atoms”

The latest news in chemistry
Brings Boy Scout knots straight back to me.
Though Brobdignagian in size,
The trusty Boy Scout square knot ties
Most things, and for what gaps there are
Scouts have a hefty repertoire
Of bowlines, hitches, and sheepshanks.
Dear chemists, for these memories: Thanks!
Your microscopic knot, drawn tight,
Unloosed free ends long lost to sight.