Periodic Table

The Only Element Missing from the Periodic Table Was Poetry!

Haikus are Japanese poems that follow a five/seven/five syllable line structure, and are typically the first type of poetry children are introduced to. Two things come to mind when I think about haikus: how great first grade was and this incredible bop – because I swear, her name was Hyku, not Hoku, and I must be living in some Mandela Effect Mystery.



Traditionally, haikus focus on the natural world, so when fantasy/sci-fi author Mary Soon Lee composed 119 haikus, one for each element and one for luck (or for the not-yet-synthesized mystery element 119), the worlds of science and poetry joined together in a succinctly beautiful way.


Put together in an interactive periodic table, some poems are straight to the point like hydrogen:


Your single proton
fundamental, essential.
Water. Life. Star Fuel.


Or scandium:


How to define you?
Transition metal? Yes? No?
Do labels matter?


While still others feel nostalgic, more longing, like germanium:


Do you miss it still,
the semiconductor crown
that silicon stole?


Or aluminum:


Spent Kindergarten
endless writing your name.
One i or two i’s?


My favorite? Oxygen.


Most of me is you.
I strive for independence,
fail with every breath.


These haikus are absolutely worth a read if you love poetry, science, or just need to take a break and mentally check out for a couple minutes. Check out the interactive periodic table here.


Featured image via Vision Learning.