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Mercury (9)


Mercury

I move as silver water with a purpose
once I am released from my vault of cinnabar
You named me after a fast god and his planet
and then dared to catch me if you can

You thought I was First
the Adam of all Matter
and like that original man
all was myth

Early on you used me to bring health and beauty
not knowing those were the very things I take
Later you accused me of deforming your children’s minds
and destroying your elders’s lungs
from inside a cocktail dagger
yet of both I am blameless

Now you flex your understanding of me properly
seeing your Peles’s sending me into the air with their eruptions
and brush geniuses coloring the towns they see red with me

April 17, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Research Tools:

Heavy, silvery white
Hydrargyrum: hydra-watery, argyros-silver
Liquid at standard conditions for temperature/pressure, liquid at or near room temperature/pressure
In deposits mostly as cinnabar (mercuric sulfide), which is source of red pigment Vermilion - cinnabar toxic ingestion/inhalation of dust
Mercury poisoning exposure to water soluble forms, inhalation of vapor, seafood contamination. 
Was used in thermometers and paint until recently. 
Float valves, electrical switches, barometers, manometers, dental restoration, lighting.
Poor conductor heat, fair conductor electricity.
Iron flasks used traditionally to trade mercury.
Not allowed on aircraft because of risk of forming an amalgam w/ exposed aluminium parts of aircraft
China/Tibet: used to prolong life, heal fractures, maintain good health.
Egyptians/Romans: cosmetics often caused deformities
Greeks: ointments
Alchemists: mercury first matter from which all metals were formed, believed metals could be formed by varying quality/quantity of sulfer contained in mercury
Only metal which planetary name became common name
Named after Roman god known for speed/mobility
Volcanic eruptions responsible for half atmospheric emissions
Thimersol/vaccine/autism pseudo-link 
Mercury on Wikipedia

The Mall At Sunset


The Mall At Sunset

Dusk descends through a clear ceiling
and a thin layer of smoke inhabits the air
making it easier for the shade that are always there to come out

Beneath the sounds of life
rises the hum of a casino sans bells
with a different kind of gold to win
yet still the same to loose

It is a valley of churches
each with their own brand of salvation for sale

Dark glowing trinkets
nourishment for every appetite
A fetish is nothing but a bargain waiting to be found

The Sideshows are in the Midway now
and the Freaks hold the bullhorn and the whip
as mutual feeding frenzy ensues
and we prey on the predators we have become

April 17, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

Sulfur (8)


Sulfur

With the smell of Vulcan’s forge
and the color of the sun upon me
I am found deep in the essence of life
and in the earth’s circle of flame

Although I carry the odor of burning and decay
I am in the whitest paper
the toughest rubber
the firmest cement

I may stink of death
but my strengths are in life
the growth, protection and flight thereof

March 17, 2011

Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Research Tools:

Bright yellow crystalline solid
Essential for life: in 2 amino acids: cysteine, methionine
Fertilizers, black gunpowder, matches, insecticides, brimstone
Burns w/ a blue flame
Dark red at 392F
Found near hot springs, volcanic rings, Pacific Ring of Fire, oil refining, waste water processing, cellophane, rayon, bleach paper, vulcanized rubber, cement, detergents
Eggs high in sulfer for feather formation
Hydrogen sulfer as toxic as hydrogen cyanide, more easily avoided due to smell
Sulfur on Wikipedia

Tin (7)



Tin

When the foster children of wolves first pulled me
from the embrace of another
I was mistaken for white lead

Following the trail of tree resin
I became part of capturing your memories
keeping you nourished
and shielding others from corruption

Though I have a crystalline cry
the music your souls sing through me
far outshines the screams

Keep me warm and I’ll protect you
hold your notes pure
and cradle your remembrances
until there are no more reasons to weep

March 15, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Research Tools:

Obtained chiefly from cassiterite 
1st bronze (tin/copper)
Pewter (tin/copper/antimony/lead), flatware
Silvery, malleable, poor metal, highly crystalline
Not easily oxidized in air, coat others, prevent corrosion
Tin cans (tinned)=mostly steel w/ tin coat
Bar of tin is bent, crackling sound known as the tin cry can be heard due to the twinning of the crystals
Tin disease/tin pest - long cold temps can cause disintegration
"White Lead" (plumbum dandidum- early Latin)
Trading followed Amber Road (Tree Resin Trail)
Tin Lizzy - Model T Ford
Tin fluoride known as stannous fluoride better at treating gingivitis
Most tonally resonant of all metals/pipe organs 50-50 tin/lead
Tin on Wikipedia

Silver (4A)


Silver

I am the white lightening that bolts up from the ground
an amulet to the monsters of your fantasies
a talisman for the gods of your mythology
an ornament representing prosperity and rank for you

I have kept you safe from small predators
but be warned
too much of me
and your mood will be permanently blue

Work gently with me
and I will be an adornment of beauty
a reflection of all that is
and might be
a conductor of your power

February 4-5, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:

Soft, white, lustrous, transition metal
Highest electrical and thermal conductivity
Ornaments, jewelry, utensils, coins, contracts, conductors, mirrors
Brilliant white metallic luster, high degree of polish
High social/political rank
Shaped at room temperature, gentle/careful hammer blows
With tin, mercury for filings
Silvering = mirrors w/ silver as the reflecting material
Sputtering = silver applied to glass at various thicknesses, allowing different amounts of light to penetrate
Silver compound used to prevent infection pre-antibiotics
Silver inhibits growth of bacteria/fungi, added to socks to reduce odor
Disinfect water/food during storage during the Middle Ages
Too much absorbed into circulatory system, deposited various body tissues, argyira: blue-grayish discoloration of skin, eyes, mucous membranes - doesn't effect health but usually permanent
Decorative silver foil in traditional Indian dishes - Vark
Silver Dragee - decorative cakes, cookies, desserts
Silver on Wikipedia

Carbon (6)



Carbon

I was not there in the beginning
but formed soon after in the hearts of lights
to be scattered through space on a super nova wave
as star dust

I can be mixed beyond measure
hard and soft
clear and black
I am in your second skin
You use me in tools of creativity

I power the world
I power you
Energy rides me

In Life I am always there

February 3 & 5, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:

4th most abundant in universe
Sun, stars, comets, most atmospheres
Diamond-transparent, hardest, low conductivity
Graphite-opaque/black, soft, high conductivity
More compounds than any other (mix beyond measure)
Chemical basis of all known life
Present in all known life forms
Powder form: charcoal, lampblack (soot)
Charcoal, coal, oil (powers the world)
Pencil "lead" (communication, chart our history)
Not present in Big Bang
Scattered through space as dust/supernova
Human Body-2nd most abundant by mass after oxygen
W/ hydrogen: refrigerants, lubricants, solvents
W/ hydrogen & oxygen: sugars, alcohols, fats
W/ nitrogen: alkaloids
W/ sulfur: antibiotics, amino acids, rubber
Add phosphorus too: DNA, RNA, ATF (energy transfer molecules)
Monoxide, cyanide, methane
Diamond: gem/industrial
Carbon polymers of animal origin: wool, cashmere, silk
Plant (cellulose-carbon polymer): cotton, linen, hemp
Carbon Black: ink, oil paint, watercolours, toner
Carbon on Wikipedia

Iron (5)


Iron

I was one of the first
to be scattered across the universe
I still am the most produced in fusion
and collapse of those brightest in the night sky

From deep in the core
through to the outer edges
I embrace the earth
in my gray arms

Alone I am soft
turning red and flaky
mix me up
and I am Atlas to your civilizations
stainless

Even inside you I flow
keeping your blood breathing

I am a backbone to your world

February 3, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:

Most common element
Most of inner/outer core (iron/nickel)
4th most common in crust
Produces fusion in high mass stars - last before collapse of super nova - scattered into space
Lustrous silver gray
Reactive to oxygen/water - rust (flakes)/rusticles (Titanic)
Pure - softer than aluminum
Hemoglobin/myoglobin - oxygen transport proteins in vertebrates
Enzymes dealing w/ cellular respiration/oxidation/reduction in plants/animals
Steel - up to 1000 harder than pure
Stainless steel cutlery, hospital/food service equipment
Iron on Wikipedia

Silver/Memories In Silver (4)


Memories In Silver

I can come upon you like mercury
when you’re in the middle of other things
reflecting what was
over what is
hitting you like lightening
making you sweat
blindingly brilliant

Time easily tarnishes me
I become sputtering and unfocused
just out of view
causing your teeth to ache

Best to deal with me in comfort
gentle blows to shape me up

Learn from me and I’ll protect you
from the infection of actions repeated
foil your blue moods
and give you the confidence of Royalty

February 2, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:
Soft, white, lustrous, transition metal
Highest electrical and thermal conductivity
Ornaments, jewelry, utensils, coins, contracts, conductors, mirrors
Brilliant white metallic luster, high degree of polish
High social/political rank
Shaped at room temperature, gentle/careful hammer blows
With tin, mercury for filings
Silvering = mirrors w/ silver as the reflecting material
Sputtering = silver applied to glass at various thicknesses, allowing different amounts of light to penetrate
Silver compound used to prevent infection pre-antibiotics
Silver inhibits growth of bacteria/fungi, added to socks to reduce odor
Disinfect water/food during storage during the Middle Ages
Too much absorbed into circulatory system, deposited various body tissues, argyira: blue-grayish discoloration of skin, eyes, mucous membranes - doesn't effect health but usually permanent
Decorative silver foil in traditional Indian dishes - Vark
Silver Dragee - decorative cakes, cookies, desserts
Silver on Wikipedia

Lead (3)


Lead

I’m common
no hiding
you can find me anytime you look
and a flash of my heavy blue fire
will show you what I can do

I’m easy to extract
no coyness
all you have to do is reach out
into an earthy ancient vocation
and pull me to you

I’m easy to work with
no naivete
simply tell me what you want
and I’ll shine like silver in your caresses

Through your tensions I’ll cut like a scythe
shielding you from nature’s corrosion
I’ll keep you balanced and weighted
insulating you from life’s storms

You can use me to build you up on the outside
but if you don’t protect yourself
I’ll tear you down from the inside

I can ignite with a breath
seep into your soft tissues
dig deep into your bones
and settle down in your brain

I am a world of shades of gray

Embrace me with care

January 22, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:
Build you up on the outside, tear you down from the inside
Skin of Evil (Star Trek The Next Generation)
Soft, malleable, poor, heavy
Bluish whites, tarnishes, dull gray
Shiny chrome silver liquid
Buildings, batteries, bullets, weights, radiation shield
Poisonous - nervous system/brain, blood disorders, neurotoxin, accumulates in soft tissues/bones
Poor electrical, high corrosion resistance
Powdered lead, flame bluish white, toxic fumes/pyrophorus = ignites w/ air
common, easy to extract, easy to work with
Alchemy = lead/Saturn/Scythe/oldest metal
Ballest keel of sailboats counterbalance
Heeling effects of wind on sails
Weight belts - scuba diving
Organ pipes - lead w/ tin
Cable insulation
With brass reduces machine tool wear
Formerly - paints, candle wicks
Breathing, swallowing, touch, kidneys, blood, abdominal pains
Prostitute
Lead on Wikipedia

Shalott's Brother


Shalott’s Brother 

Looking at the world on this stage of glass
the only mirror I can bear
I am so tired of Shades
yet so desperate to avoid my poetic sister’s fate

Banished by a mother to an underworld
because of a nature I could not see
born a man
I became a Hades
This is my home
This is my tomb

Some hear a Highwayman of the boards
with the hounds of hell close at heel

Hear, willing Persephone, the thief of your voice
the purveyor of your heart
with the dogs of love
on the right side of danger

Music is the coin of this realm
so take this Charon’s hand
cross this Parisian Styx
this river of your belief
and I will speak the mysteries
of a Seraph living yet undead

Let us exchange this experience

January 18, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

A mash-up of "The Phantom Of The Opera", "The Lady Of Shalott", "Beauty & The Beast" with a bit of "The Highwayman" & some Greek mythology just because.