A Clockwork of Stars

Nuclear fusion fueled
by hydrogen found
inside human spit

carbon cycles through
sweet spruce and pulsating hearts
shining stars and suns

celestial graveyards
rich in nitrogen give birth
to fields of poppies

stellar explosions
produced the oxygen found
in a child’s nose bleed

salty sodium
marks the ticking solar time
piece high above us

magnesium is
maintaining immune systems
of neon fusion

jagged formations
of pearly phosphorus shine
in a toothy grin

rotten eggs protein
fibers synthesized inside
sulfur nebulae

swimming in chlorine
rich star clouds breaking down our
bodily tissues

water is kept in
balance by potassium
flaring starlight cells

calcium remains
from ancient suns and planets
lives on in our bones

this humanity
floating through space time listens
to chemical gears
waiting for clock
to strike at midnight

Writing Prompt: Library in Blood


A good friend of mine told me of a new advancement in data storage technology.

It may soon be possible to store an Alexandria size library in a drop of blood.

For today’s writing prompt: Write a story or poem that takes place in a world where non-biological data is stored in DNA.

What kind of non-biological data do most people store? How is it used? How is it accessed? What are the pros and what are the cons? How has this changed the world? For the better? For the worst? Or just the same except cat gifs now play on people’s arms?