Platinum Pt, 78

   Life is nothing more than this; we are either the shaker or the thing that shakes. Add me up and you’ll find I’m precious, rare, but highly unreactive. Divide me by desire, see how I neatly fit around your finger.  I long for a box to climb into, a bed of a tissue folded in half—I [...]

Chlorine  Cl, 17

1977 One piece bathing suit made of heavy double-knit with a modesty skirt that clings to my thighs and darts for chests girls at my junior high don’t seem to have. Each size a different color; baby blue for size 2, then stoplight red, navy, petal pink, Kelly green, tulip yellow, magenta & hunters’ orange [...]

Nitrogen N,7

I am nitrogen tonight,   colorless tasteless relatively rare always causing difficulty.   But useful when I burn or decay.   You cannot wash me away. I make the ocean my bed.   Prefer moons that have atmosphere.   I am impure.   I will dissolve gold.