The Chemical History of a Candle
by Faraday lay open on the table
There was a tar-spotted abalone shell
a blind marble in it and an ammonite
touching a tongueless bell without a handle.
The smell of a chewed lead pencil met the smell
of storm brew they agreed the thing is not to
let them shrink your head to make it fit the hat
even if it's solid gold or guaranteed
to hold water and two little ducks as well.
I was starting to get worried when a cat
came in the window and put a gracile print
on a plate of the "philosopher's candle"
fueled with zinc filings and sulphuric acid
but so many things forgotten why not that?