dVerse — elemental — (Li) Lithium

periodic table

Looking at the periodic table, Li (Lithium) jumped out at me, so here goes a poem about it.

(Li) Lithium

A metal of mettle, many extremes,
Maybe why an egghead decided to
feed me to those with extremes?
Fifty years later, they’re at stage one
of understanding the why or why not of
my managing carbon-based life forms.

I spring from minerals
Light as can be, floating on water
Yet dark and shiny,
Reacting spontaneously to bullshit.
Once a fire is in me,
It can never be extinguished.

Kurt recognized me as kin.

From “Lithium,” written by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (b. 2/20/67 – d. 4/5/94):
I’m so happy because today
I’ve found my friends
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, but that’s okay, ’cause so are you
We’ve broken our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care
And I’m not scared
Light my candles in a daze
‘Cause I’ve found god
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
I’m so lonely but that’s okay I shaved my head
And I’m not sad
And just maybe I’m to blame for all I’ve heard
But I’m not sure
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to meet you there
But I don’t care
I’m so horny but that’s okay
My will is good
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack

Sarah is today’s host of dVerse.  Sarah says:
I thought it might be fun to write some poems inspired by elements, and that’s what I want you to do tonight.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    Ah, lithium – inspired choice. I love the energy released here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sarah, that one just fell into place. Lithium is an interesting element!

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  2. I worked for a company that made lithium batteries.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I bet there were a lot of safety precautions at the factory?

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      1. yes lithium can start fires very easy and you can’t use water to put them out as that just makes them burn more.

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  3. Oh and the use of Lithium salts as a drug to cope with bipolar disorders which is what I always thought of when listening to Nirvana.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a fascinating element, and they don’t have a clue of how it works with bipolar. It reacts to carbon, so I wonder if a scientist one day thought, hey, lets let the mentally ill consume it and see what happens.

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  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    Lithium, Cobain and Nirvana forever entangled. Good write.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Beverly thank you, yes.

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Incredibly creative, nearly a perfect mesh of elements and mere flesh.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn, I think I was channeling Kurt for a minute… Thank you very much.

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  6. Grace says:

    I love the choice – lithium and thought you responded with mettle and fire.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Grace!

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  7. Sadje says:

    Interesting poem Li. Good choice, picking your namesake.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Sadje, it worked well

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! Yup.

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  8. Lithium and Kurt Cobain’s song of the same name – brilliant

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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      1. Thanks for requesting access to my georgeplace blog but I’ve closed it down. I blog now here: https://poetrybydebi.wordpress.com/

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Aha! Found the current blog and what a cosmic haibun!

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  9. the subtle rhymes and alliterations tickled my poem-loving heart. this is a joyful one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  10. kim881 says:

    I love that you chose an element of your blogger name, MsJadeLi, and the wordplay in ‘metal of mettle’, and I love metal and grunge. ‘Lithum’ is one of my favourite Nirvana songs, and my favourite lines from your poem are:
    ‘I spring from minerals
    Light as can be, floating on water
    Yet dark and shiny,
    Reacting spontaneously to bullshit.’

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for noticing the pieces of the whole. I used poetic license with that last word. As I read about lithium’s attributes they said it reacts to nitrogen, which is in fertilizer 🙂

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  11. maria says:

    Woah. Love your piece and I enjoyed that Kurt song!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Maria 🙂

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  12. Irene says:

    You had me at “Periodic Table”; great poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Irene 🙂

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  13. memadtwo says:

    I really like that second stanza. (K)

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  14. I love a “metal of mettle”. This is a very clever poem, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sara, glad you liked it.

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