Poetry, L B Sedlacek

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.

About the contributor

L.B. Sedlacek’s poetry has appeared in many publications. Her latest poetry book, "Words and Bones" was published by Finishing Line Press. She also teaches poetry at local elementary and middle schools, publishes a free resource for poets "The Poetry Market Ezine," and was a Poetry Editor for "ESC! Magazine."

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