Missing – Meg Barton

Meg Barton Oxford Stanza Two

Meg Barton
Oxford Stanza Two

Harry Moseley predicted the existence of new elements that would be found in the periodic table, but he died at Gallipoli aged 27 before these discoveries were made.


You filled in the blanks in the future
predicting what science would find:
the elements waiting discovery
in a future that you’d be denied.
A mind that just lived for a moment.
What fortune was lost in your fall?
We can’t know the gaps in the present
you left, now you’re lost to us all.

© Meg Barton, October 2015

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