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Cobalt
Cobalt

Blue is white. A pinch of cobalt turns
the weave of yellow fiberglass to snow
like veins in pallid wrists. No one discerns
the brittle gleam of blue too far below
the shiny surface. Skin is almost glass:
too blue, too pretty, and the surface cracks
with ice or brittle chemistry. We're past
the days of arsenic or lead; our tracks
lead off to melanoma from the sun
that makes us brown. And still the gasps of blue
depleted veins scream out for oxygen,
and still the pretty fibers break in two
so glass can pierce the skin and welcome red,
that in its turn can turn us blue and dead.

Julie Carter


Cobalt, Cobalt

Cobalt, cobalt, burning bright,
You emit a clear blue light,
What magnetic metal dye,
could match thy awesome point Curie?

In what distant new years' skies,
burnt the blue without thine dyes?
And which alloy stands the fire?
Other carbides just aspire.

And what growth rate, from the start,
Works if you do not take part?
Lacking in B12 to eat,
Who can think, or move his feet?

You're in hammers, and in the chain,
For the furnace, you're a gain.
And the anvil, that we grasp,
You are even in the clasp.

How did T'ang paint china wares?
Which metal soothes Egyptian fears?
Twenty-seven willst thou be,
your ion valence, two or three.

Cobalt, cobalt, burning bright,
You emit a clear blue light,
What magnetic metal dye,
could match thy awesome point Curie?

Svein Olav Nyberg