never studied chemistry
but the tidy rows
of atomic numbers and letters
spoke to me
atoms of protons and electrons
defining characteristics
of each element
and theoretically
i understand the discipline
and now
in beautiful colorful cards
the cartomancer of
tarot and lenormand
of the drom romani
and bicycle decks of 52
(or perhaps being a
latent alchemist
made their beauty
impossible to resist)
have fallen in love
with this beautiful set
of the elements
although always
the four elements
earth, water, air, and fire
will always be
all i need
there is something about learning
what our bodies contain
to ascertain
what our bottles of
vitamins and minerals
do pertain
what all the essentials of life
to help us sustain

(c) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Photo card deck of The Elements & baritone ukulele


  1. I like the way you’ve expressed the attraction of the Periodic Table, Clarissa. I agree about the tidiness: a layer of nature that we seem to understand, due to the hard work of the people depicted on the beautiful cards. As a physicist, I find that the Table overflows with fascinating information from the scale of protons and electrons out to the universe. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Thank you, Steve! I like the idea of the Table overflowing out to the universe. I always like the scientific spirituality of physicists who are part of the big picture…


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