Pay Me in Salt



found glacial debris of Germany,

Denmark, Poland

from blue earth

in the Prussian province of Samland;

Some fished for pearls,

others hunted for gold of the north. 

The tree is the oldest known source

of wood resin;

prehistoric men gathered up from Baltic shores,

when storms thundered the material

up under the sea;

flowing into a Tertiary glauconite formation.

(What’s around my neck is

65 million years old)

Some fisherman were paid in salt,

for their raw amber,

weight for weight,

gold for gold.

© Alicia Khoo

NaPoWriMo Day 7


Gold explodes out of water during earthquakes


Long thoughts

slow processes

new studies published in Nature Geoscience

Trace these fault lines of mine

process of cavity expansion generates

gold veins produced

study authors write in journal abstracts.

For example, a magnitude-4 earthquake at a depth of 11 kilometers would cause the pressure in a suddenly opening fault jog to drop from 290 megapascals (MPa) to 0.2 MPa. (By comparison, air pressure at sea level is 0.1 MPa.) “So you’re looking at a 1,000-fold reduction in pressure.”

We were trapped in underground water flows.

When the Earth shifted

it dropped a thousandfold

then flash vaporized and the

scientist in a lab using a “thermo-mechanical piston” to carve poetry

elements in veins through the rock

of -2 magnitude.

Blind valleys with

potential to precipitate

Very Large Quantities.

(Small bits add up)

These discoveries however–

The alchemists were wrong

Now we chase earthquakes

to feed nations.


© Alicia Khoo

Ton Sai Beach, Krabi, Thailand


“Found” Poem inspired by Article

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