Friday, April 15, 2011

Chemical Elements Poems 15: I Have a Degree in Science


I have a degree in science
and I like to think
I'm educated,
but damn
if I could
tell you anything
about scandium.

If I said
it turns blue on exposure
to water
or it's used as an alloy
in baseball bats
or that it's interchangeable
with yttrium
in the mineral thortveitite
would you know better?

If you'd asked me before
I just looked it up
I wouldn't even have
guaranteed
it's actually an element and not
something made up
to sound like an element.

Seriously.

2 comments:

baryonic said...

Having to look this all up? Scandalous.

Andy said...

Can you tell me which of those scandium "facts" are true, without looking it up? :)