A man named Mendeleev, Dimitri
Set his mind to work so completely,
He invented a table
With which he was able
To organize elements neatly.
With inquisitive mind now abated,
He made some predictions and waited,
Until such a day
In some such a way
The elements were found as he stated.
Dimitri was hailed a prophet,
To which he replied, O come off it!
I am sure you can see
Just as plainly as me,
One can read my predictions right off it.
[We found this little poem in our files and to our knowledge, it has not been published in Chem 13 News. Based on an internet search, we believe the late George Konopski was a teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius, Manlius NY]