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A Light Moment over Lightning

by Maureen Glaude

Over this morning's coffee
after a night of violent storms
I'm reading a news story
about lightning strikes
when a discovery leaves me all lit up.
Fulgerites* - a scientific term
is my new finding,
meaning tubes of glass
resulting from lightning's impact on sand.
Once again, I've fallen in love.

What a pirate’s treasure for a writer
I could work a prose poem out of this,
leading me on a lovely exploration
of sudden bottles in the sand!

After consuming the teasing tidbits
of information in the story
I run up to my office
to do a google search,
unwisely not bringing with me
a written record
of the word.

I'd committed it to memory
hadn't I?

But at the keyboard
my mind and fingers
soon get the order of the letters
fumbled up.

They keep making subtle changes
so I brain pick google once again
with every retry
only to be asked
in those disdainful red letters
“Did you Mean?...

Too lazy to run downstairs again
for the article, I sigh and take a moment
to nurse the Folgers** in my cup.

Hey, that helps
as it's closer to the sound
so it isn’t flugerite or
fugerlite, afterall.

With gratitude
I commend the brilliance
of the coffee company
for their name's proximity.

What hasn’t helped in the earlier dilemma
is that even spell check
doesn’t seem to recognize google's spelling
and suggests I replace my word with “flugerite”
just to yet again, flubber me up.

What a crazy business I'm in!

But once I’m fairly sure
I’ve got it right
I bookmark the term in my favourites.

*glasses formed when magmas cool quickly from a liquid state, or when lightning strikes or meteor impacts melt the rocks where they hit.

Mars Mineral Spectroscopy Mineral DataBase on Google

*Folgers Brand Coffee


Posted on 07/15/2005
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/17/05 at 12:49 PM

Witty combination of science, humor and poetry Maureen. Well done!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/17/05 at 09:17 PM

You've a way of making even a scientific term of poetic interest! I commend you on your use of fulgorites and drinking Folgers!

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/19/05 at 01:51 PM

'What a pirates treasure for a writer'...yes, the image seems capable of providing a beautiful image and it goes without saying that the word has this exquisite sound.As writes we need all kind of impressions for our imagination to create.

Posted by Dana E Brossard on 07/19/05 at 05:52 PM

Very nicely done Maureen. I can just imagine trying to search without knowing and how frustrating it can be. =)

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