Bismuth/Cowboys & Elements (13)

Bismuth/Cowboys & Elements

The darkness is movin’ in like the coils of a hungry snake
as I dust off the stars an’ survey what’s left of this here claim

We used ta be everywhere
each doin’ what our natures intended
Some of us were nasty bastards
- end a life soon as allowin’ it ta touch us -
but most found ways ta work social like

Hell, some of us even found ways ta bond
We’d amble together, tin, antimony, copper
occasionally even that crazy lead would be along
an’ we’d do our bit for progress

Once in a while they’d get on me about my silver pink hue
or how the youngins would ask for me when their gut ached
or how I was supposedly gonna live forever

Turns out they was shootin’ close ta the mark on that one

Slowly they all up an’ began ta fade
- even the most spittin’ foulest of us -
‘til they was nuthin’ but skeletons tumblin’ about
an’ then they was just nuthin’

Now I’m standin’ alone
with time cavin’ everywhere inta nowhere
an’ I’m left ta wonderin’
am I the last in an endin’
or the first in a beginin’

June 17, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen

My Notes & Resource Tools:
Brittle metal w/ white sliver pink hue often w/ an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors - from yellow to blue
Spiral stair step structure of crystal due to higher growth rate around outside edges than inside
Variations of thickness of oxide layer cause rainbow colors
Liquid phase denser than solid
About twice as abundant as gold, usually produced as by product of processing other ores
Name "white mass", confused w/ tin and lead
Known to Incas, used w/ copper and tin in knives
Pepto Bismol, Kaopectate
Peptic ulcers, eye infections, internal deodorant
Fuel carrier for nuclear reactors, glazes that produce iridescent luster finish, researching to evaluate as a non toxic replacement for lead: pigments in oil and acrylic artists paint, solders, catalyst for making acrylic fiber, bullets
One of the least toxic heavy metals
Blue flame, yellow fumes
In crackling fireworks called Dragon's Eggs
Will "live' long enough to be the final element to go extinct
Pewter: tin w/ a little antimony, bismuth, copper
Yellow pigment for car paint - faded evenly when exposed to light, returned to former brightness when light dimmed, parked under tree, finish dappled
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From The Periodic Table Of The Elements by Sam Kean
Periodic Table: An Exploration Of The Elements by Joel Levy
Periodic Tales: A Cultural History Of The Elements From Arsenic To Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
The Elements: A Visual Exploration Of Every Known Atom In The Universe by Theodore Gray

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