You’re Only Half In – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Let’s Get Elemental

Sarah at dVerse has invited us to write a poem working with an aspect of the elements of the periodic table in any manner we choose. My choice is Germanium (GE 32) a semiconductor, brittle, and needs another substance to enable it to function fully. incidentally, the word germane is related.


Photo: Placing a semiconductor.

“The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.”  Alvin Toffler


You’re Only Half In

I want to hold you in my arms
but you’re only half in,
and when I look back
that’s always been so,
You’re so brittle
pretending to be elastic,
and what a stretch that would be,
so germane, apropos a semi,
always needing something,
someone else to prop you,
to enable your true function,
you cannot stand alone
but you’re not fully in.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under chemicals, Free Verse, life, love, poem, quote

31 responses to “You’re Only Half In – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This really works as a metaphor for co-dependent relationships, lol.

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  2. Well, you’ve gone beyond my basic chemical knowledge here, so thank you for the notes! It’s an excellent poem. The repetition works well, and the use of the element as a metaphor for, what? an unsatisfactory relationship? an unrequiting lover? Like it lot.

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    • Sarah thank you for the invitation to write on this. I really enjoyed physics and chemistry, which is ironic as I was so bad at maths in general but well in science. So this was a joy and tapped into one my passions. Yes, predominantly a metaphor for an unsatisfactory relationship, but there are other interpretations possible for sure. 🙂

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  3. I completely understand this. That feeling you get when you hug someone, and they are not fully there. Wonderful Paul!

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  4. The metaphor works great… and germanium is an element that only finds use in compound

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  5. Beverly Crawford

    What an interesting connection of germanium to someone with a brittle tendency. Fascinating write!

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  6. Amy

    but you’re only half in… A beautiful poem, Paul.

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  7. I absolutely loved the way you have used the prompt and used it in your poem, Paul. Using the word to describe an unfulfilling relationship is just brillain.t

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  8. Such a clever write, Paul and endless possibilities of its application in life.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    Very clever use of two meanings


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