6. Promiscuous carbon

Carbon’s deeply promiscuous
and endlessly available.
It’s ready for liaison
with anything that passes.
Darkness and light cohabit
in its masks of soot and diamond.

It enters lengthy serpentine
molecular entanglements,
wrapping our food and fuel tight
with its complex bonds and packages.
It’s at the heart of what we eat.
It’s at the heart of what we are.

– David Morphet 2011