This poem was first published in the May 1997 issue of The New Zealand Science Monthly.
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|No one on earth had ever seen,|
Or even dreamt it could have been,
That carbon atoms, by themselves,
Could form these tiny, hollow shells.
But that's exactly what they do,
(Now that is its informal name;
Now if you thought, you are correct:
But, getting back to chemistry,
Or think about a soccer ball:
And all these carbons seem to know
The biggest problem with these things
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