Jean Bleakney

Titration

for Michael Longley
Keep a steady hand on the burette
towards the end of the reaction:
a single drop of titrant at a time,
the teflon-coated magnet whirring,
so when it finally happens, when
the exact amount required to shift
from one ionic state into another
(that’s the endpoint) has been added,
let it declare itself within the vortex
as a sinuously unravelling skein
(as opposed to a gush) of colour.


Jean Bleakney