"The first mention of thermoluminescence was by the famous English chemist Robert Boyle, in a paper read before the Royal Society in London in 1663. In this paper, 'About a Diamond that Shines in the Dark', Boyle reported on the glimmering light that he saw when he took a diamond to bed with him and held it on a warm part of his naked body."
Because we lacked the proper winter wear,
my parents heaped whatever was in the luggage
on me: long johns, T-shirt, two pull-overs, jacket.
I wore my jeans over a pair of shorts
and my cheeks smarted from the crisp icy air.
The cold directed me, as a torn page
is blown by the wind, back into the warm thicket
of empty seats in the tour bus. I cleaned up my snot
Through the window, I watched a huge branch
snap under yet another fall of snow.
Twenty years later, a push of books off my desk
reminds me of this bracing wooden crash:
some minerals contain "a constant flux of energy", released
as light, or thermoluminescence, when heated,
the unspooling of years wound tight, or the shedding
of clothes in a hotel room far from home.
By Julius LiQLRS Vol. 19 No. 2 Apr 2020