Poetry, L B Sedlacek

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When a British Scientist Met a French Chemist

 

Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen

by watching a mouse survive,

a candle burning

in a chamber full of colorless gas –

red mercuric oxide.

 

Antoine Lavoisier discovered the nature of the gas

by realizing its part in

combustion, respiration –

and he named it

oxygen.

 

 

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