Osmosis

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This word

This word osmosis
It sounds so awesome.
But its meaning is piss;
The definition of boredom.

Green mushroom clouds
are brought to mind
and firework shrouds
I do hope to find.

Red water, purple rain;
the essence of dreams
which can destroy all pain.
But this is not what it means:

“Osmosis is the diffusion of water
through a semi-permeable membrane.
When the plastic suffers pressure
Aqua pura goes down the drain.”

How could that be more boring?
It lacks any trace of imagination,
It’s sure to get you snoring,
My colours don’t even get a mention!

What a massive waste of a word.
To this I say “screw you science!
You transformed gold into turd
and killed this word, Osmosis.”

Alex Herlihy – 2009

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