I have been a proton
Skipping fast around the room
Skipping running jumping tumbling fast around the room.
I have been an atom
Circulating through the crowd
Circulating ambulating cautious in the crowd.
I have been a molecule
Meeting up with other mes.
Meeting fleeting sweetly greeting yet repeating other mes.
And now I am a compound.
I'm still waiting to see what this part is all about.
About the poem: This poem was inspired by the beginning of an episode of Radiolab in which the hosts tour a particle accelerator and after hearing how a proton would move around the 2 1/2 mile loop about 78000 times a second, one of the hosts said "I've never been a proton," and I immediately thought: yes, you have.
Or at least, I have. And after thinking I have been a proton I decided that would make a good opening line for the poem, which I then wrote by dictating it into my phone as I drove through traffic on the way home from a doctor's appointment.
The entire poem was written that way, and it took about 10 minutes, with the exception of the last line. I got all the way to And now I am a compound, which was where I arrived home, and I then spent some time playing with Mr Bunches and Mr F and I ate a sandwich, and then sat down to type this, and wrote the actual last line of the poem.