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Summer Rain

Noel Duffy
Publisher
Wardwood Publishing
Price
€12.00
ISBN
9781908742575


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Shapes That Fit Together

The two elements exist
as though predestined
to make a perfect fit,
like a see-saw pivot the molecule
bent into a fixed contour -
one oxygen with its
partially empty shell, coupling
with two hydrogen atoms
each angling from the side -
this their own unique
and necessary marriage
at the scale of the tiny,
the weak charge each carries
enough to draw these molecules
together, grouping them
into a liquid cluster
giving us water, the cloud
that hangs in the sky above,
the rain that falls around us all;
a substance so pure it carries
no taste or smell, it the base
receptacle for the elements
that hide in its embrace,
supporting all the living things
in a given place.