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Calcium Phosphate Crystal
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By Michelle Angelini
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* This poem and other poems are inspired from pictures are from the book ' Microcosmos,' created by Brandon Brill from London. I think I've managed to get the photo in here, so others who have not received the email with all of them in it can see what I'm talking about.


Calcium Phosphate Crystal*



deliquescent* and amorphous*.

An earthly helper,

a style, or a catalyst. So tiny,

our eyes, which mortals think

their eyes see everything in life,

don’t notice your crystalline uniqueness

– a small spectrum from blue

to violet to red.

The macro-world would pass you by

except for your many uses.

Animals know your effects

so do teeth and plants.  

So, invisible mineral, what can we

call you?

Ca(H2PO4)2  or

CaHPO4, or


Your names are confusing,

to the chemically-challenged,

but you function well in the many

uses humans have for you.

Your invisibility in our lives

points out once more

that we are not




like the God who created you.


*deliquescent – 1. tending to melt or dissolve; 2. having repeated division into branches.


*amorphous – 1. shapeless; 2. being without definite character, unity, or organization; 3. having no real or apparent crystalline form.


* calcium phosphate


1. A colorless deliquescent powder, Ca(H2PO4)2, used in baking powders, as a plant food, as a plastic stabilizer, and in glass.

2. A white crystalline powder, CaHPO4, used as an animal food, as a plastic stabilizer, and in glass and toothpaste.

3. A white amorphous powder, Ca3(PO4)2, used in ceramics, rubber, fertilizers, and plastic stabilizers and as a food supplement. (sorry, I could not get this to a smaller size)

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Submitted: Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011

About the Poet
Michelle Angelini, aka Chelle, has been writing poetry for over 40 years. She has been published in many Southern California chapbooks and calendars. I am retired and dealing with my health issues. My Saviour, Jesus is always with me. God holds me within His wings. I am working slowly on a second book poetry and possibly my photography. And, I'm over 65 now and still loving it, even though my social life is not what it once was because of the painful fibromyalgia. It's quite frustrating, but I know Jesus still has "work" for me to do to show how much He blesses me.

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