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

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