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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 26th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem: "Fractalife"

Fractalife


Life lives in spirals,
unfolds itself in fans,
drifts into deltas.

Every calculated movement
emerges from some inner equation –
manifesting the fronds of ferns,
the branching of blood vessels.
It is math that packs the seeds of the sunflower
so perfectly into their places.

We are not individuals but iterations,
our bodies and souls extending
the Infinite into the infinitesimal
and, upon closer examination,
we can be seen to be unfurling
in all our complexity

as inexorably as the leaves of a fern
open themselves
to reach for the light.

dianavilliers From: dianavilliers Date: March 26th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

drifts into deltas...

Just a response, not a prompt, unless of course you'd like to use it as such.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 26th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: drifts into deltas...

light shining through leaves --
different veins but same pattern --
brings enlightenment
dianavilliers From: dianavilliers Date: March 26th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

different veins, same pattern



Edited at 2008-03-26 10:57 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 27th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: different veins, same pattern

cicadas singing
birth and rebirth, death and life
harvest enlightenment


* * *
I was aiming for haiku here, and I strongly prefer the historic 5-7-5 syllabic structure for that form. But this one ends in a 6-syllable line. It was very insistent about that. So it's a modern haiku, in which the rules are more lenient.
dianavilliers From: dianavilliers Date: March 27th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Death and life - harvest

I like haiku.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 27th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Death and life - harvest

persistence – cobweb
catches dust, lint, feathers –
and, at last, a fly
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 27th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: different veins, same pattern

This picture also inspired me to look up the symbolism of the cicada in Asian cultures, which I already knew something about but wanted more. I found this fascinating site:
http://www.insects.org/ced3/cicada_chfolk.html

I got another poem out of this: "The Jade Cicada" is written in unrhymed triplets and muses on the role of a poet.
12 lines, Buy It Now: $10
dianavilliers From: dianavilliers Date: March 27th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: different veins, same pattern

I knew nothing about the significance of cicadas - but I do now. very interesting link.

Edited at 2008-03-27 02:50 am (UTC)
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