Elemental Haiku

Hydrogen haiku

In the August 4th issue of Science Magazine, author Mary Soon Lee shared a review of a periodic table that contains haiku for each element. There is an interactive periodic table you can click on; it was easily viewable in the mobile version of the article. This would be great when wanting to include interdisciplinary components or when reaching students whose interests include poetry. Students could be instructed to devise their own haiku for an element using properties that are specific to that element. You can share new haiku using their suggested hashtag, #ChemHaiku. Here are a couple of Mary Soon Lee's element haiku.

Hydrogen, H

Your single proton fundamental, essential.

Water. Life. Star fuel.


Nickel, Ni

Forged in fusion's fire, flung out from supernovae.

Demoted to coins.


Publication information
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Science  04 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6350, pp. 461-463
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2999

Publication Date: 
Friday, August 4, 2017