Robert Graber


Plutonic Sonnets (A Modern Shakespearean Sonnet Series) , Sonnet 67: Composition


The composition of the crust of Earth,
Unlikely as the subject of a sonnet,
May yet provoke a modicum of mirth,
If one composes well enough upon it
(As one is wont to do) . First place must go
To oxygen, which makes up nearly fifty
Percent by weight; and twenty-five or so
Is silicon. But Nature then grows thrifty:
Aluminum adds eight; iron, five more.
That’s eighty-eight per cent, with eighty-eight
Elements yet to go! The one named for
Our planet, on the list comes very late;
Though Klaproth for “tellurium” was zealous,
There’s precious little of it here on Tellus.

(Courtesy of America Star Books)

Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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