You’ve changed again! Sixth time today:
Eloquent poisoner, splitter and joiner,
We appease you in some calm amalgam;
Chain you to the colder stone
To make you keep your distance from the bone.
As a child I read
In a magazine, in my grandfather’s bed
How you tainted fish in some Japanese sea,
Thereby making plasticine of children quite like me
And squeezed them out of all proportion, into misery:
I knew then that a substance could be my enemy.
Yet you fascinate the child at school
Glimpsed from the laboratory high-stool
(Throne of non-compliance with some chore);
Kids glancing from the raindrum roof
To a liquid ball, its own proof:
Planet perfect on the parquet floor.
Ambassador of Mercury, inner ringless one;
Not acme of some, but precursor of any
Impending wedding, disengaged
As each day’s beginner;
A reflective sinner presaged by many
To be dearest to your God, my Sun.