We are rare earths

rare earths
Rare earths, John Lyons (40 x 40 cm, oil on canvas)

We are rare earths

Rare earths
           we bind in alloys
our bodies stretched
           across the periodic table
our flesh and blood
           our memories both
enriched and depleted
           in the process of time

We may pretend to love
           but our true destiny
is atomic and we are
down to the tiniest
           particle and thus when
all our closed circuits
           are finally broken down
and destroyed
           we are merely returned
to live among our faithful
           cosmic kith and kin

John Lyons

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