Popcorn, when it starts out, is
identical to every other kernel in the bag.
Heat and pressure in the microwave
Causes, enables the popcorn to
(If it had stayed in the cupboard
It wouldn’t have to experience this
As the temperature increases,
As the water turns to steam and
Builds the heat and pressure,
The circle of soft starch liquifies,
Until the instantaneous change occurs
And it breaks out of its shell. Pop.
The starch cools and hardens
Never to return inside the shell again.
I know people who pop
Like that, metamorphosis, pop.
Caterpillars do it to become,
But popcorn explodes to do it,
To break out. Pop!
They say no two snowflakes are alike;
Same with popcorn.
– Small Town Boy