One of my interests at ScienceThrillers.com is the role fiction and creative nonfiction can play in advancing scientific literacy. In other words, can a good story be used to teach science?
“Mole for Mole,” a chemistry poem by Sarah Gianakon, is part of a series of ScienceThrillers exclusive original works that combine creative writing and science.
“Mole for Mole” by Sarah Gianakon
A ScienceThrillers.com exclusive original poem
O, for a mole of light that would traverse
the darkest heavens of the universe!
one entity to stretch the galaxy
mere inches to behold that vast cosmos,
to scatter molecules here and there eight times.
Would that a mole of pennies rendezvous,
eighty-six million times would the debt
of the United States be reimbursed
with more to spare!
The Bard’s works have
swelled the common rabble since James I;
Meanwhile, the genius of Mozart transcends
the golden shores of eternity
but the absolute amount of Avogadro
knows no natal nor does it know an end.
The earth may boast its mass and rightly so,
but for the great mole with grand kilograms
which thus accounts for twenty grander globes.
O, for a mole of parchment that would ascend
to that silver orb that adorns the sky
and descend in silver slivers not one,
but rather eighty billion plentiful times.
Tempest tossed and fleeting is planet Earth
Compared to a mole of secondsnineteen
But what is a mole?
In this ether of never-ending nothings,
A mole constitutes a composition
That contains equal entities of elements
As atoms present in a carbon-12!