Scientists find strange black ​‘superionic ice’ that could exist inside
other planets – Argonne National Laboratory, 10/28/21

Water, vapor, ice – glass

half full, steam from the kettle,

frost on the windshield

 

I thought I knew what

I needed to know about

water’s phases

 

But now scientists crush water

between two diamonds and heat it

with a laser

 

It makes weird, hot, black ice

they say, and there’s lots

of it in the universe

 

Maybe it’s how icy planets form

 

Maybe it shows how much

we’re still learning, how much

we still have to learn

 

And if there’s more to know

about water, just think of earth,

air, and fire

 

Sally Zakariya

Sally Zakariya’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her publications include Something Like a Life, Muslim Wife, The Unknowable Mystery of Other People, Personal Astronomy, and When You Escape. She edited a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table, and blogs at www.butdoesitrhyme.com.

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