Sodium thiosulphate simmers
In a clear blue stream of bunsen flame
That whispers round the test tube glass
Like a hush or a wish.
Sodium thiosulphate cools
In a plastic dish which its heat
Will disorder as its molecules array.
A seed crystal falls;
The dish buckles.
The microscope focuses now.
Beneath these binocular lenses,
With white extending arms encompassing space,
With the certainty of this morning's dawn,
A matrix grows -
To see a crystal grow is like
Seeing a star as a sun
For the very first time or like
Finding a painting as truth -
It is like your very first wipeout
In jumbles of sea
With the sun
At the surface.