Logosynthesis

Liana Joy Christensen

 

1.  Light Reaction

 

Any pig

meant to drink light

does so

heat matters up

or gesture fluorescent

 

Don’t distress at emptiness

In time the green lover comes

possessed of the right chemistry

and a kingdom of plants

photophosphorylates

exciting electrons

to a higher state

 

11. Dark Reaction

 

From grana to stroma seals the bond

the rest a gift to sink in the sea

But we be C-C free riders

fixated on inorganic chemistry

bonds and stocks

burning up the highway of life

We be true-believing

we can leave behind

the alchemy of trees

 

We be deep-knowing we cannot

match the beauty

such complex simplicity

 

We be playing with matches

in a house of wood

 

111. Secular Genesis

 

In the presence of light

Six molecules of water

and

Six molecules of carbon dioxide

make

Six molecules of oxygen

and

One molecule of sugar

 

1V. Respiration

 

Breathe in

Breathe out

 

Breathe in

Breathe out

 

Breathe in

Breathe out

 

Let this one drop of tree-sweetness

 

Be

Enough

 

Liana Joy Christensen’s work has been published in Australia and internationally. She was Biodiversity Poet in Residence at the Flourish Festival, a joint initiative of Curtin University’s Institute for Biodiversity and Climate and the Margaret River Shire. Liana is the author of Deadly Beautiful—Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom, and two poetry anthologies, Wild Familiars and Unnatural History.

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