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Poem: "0 to 1"

This poem is from the March 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from meeksp, the_vulture, and chordatesrock.  It also fills the "2) Lacuna" slot in the Vellum list for the Rainbowfic fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space.


0 to 1


In the Lacuna,
home is not a physical space,
but space itself,
the emptiness that contains wholeness.

It is not a place, but people;
not a site, but cipherspace;
not a foundation, but a feeling.

It is not something that can be articulated
but that's all right: everyone is used to it.

Of course they get homesick,
sometimes, for the Galactic Arms --
the little curl of Orion-Cygnus around Sol
and the outward sweep of Carina-Sagittarius,
the grandest adventure of humankind.

Who wouldn't get homesick
for where they came from,
once in a while?
But it's not where they're going.

The secessionists have discovered
that the Lacuna
only seems  to be empty,
its dusty silence filled with meaning
like bodies that speak a different language.

They are learning,
slowly but surely,
to love and not abhor the vacuum,
to fill emptiness with what matters most to them,
to think themselves consciously from

0 to 1.

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: April 18th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
From Nothing
to Something.

All Nothing is the same.
All Somethings are different.

And Something
is infinitely greater than Nothing
as 0 > 1.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you liked this.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: April 19th, 2016 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Aaack!

===> As 1 > 0.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2016 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks Ysabetwordsmith

Something out of nothing. Hope out of despair. Grace notes to the universe. This is a key concept. This is a deep feeling of mattering.

"...not a foundation, but a feeling." Yes. We are afraid to admit it, because we would like to point to something and say, "Home is here," but we have to feel safe for that to happen, so the feeling is more basic even than the place.

I am thinking about stories I love by Spider Robinson and Charles De Lint and Ursula K. Le Guin, and I wish I could offer you and them all free tickets to some tavern between the world to go tell lies to each other so we can have more truths like this.

Yay writers.

--alatefeline
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 23rd, 2016 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thanks Ysabetwordsmith

>> Something out of nothing. Hope out of despair. Grace notes to the universe. This is a key concept. This is a deep feeling of mattering. <<

That's what I was aiming for. \o/

>> "...not a foundation, but a feeling." Yes. We are afraid to admit it, because we would like to point to something and say, "Home is here," but we have to feel safe for that to happen, so the feeling is more basic even than the place.<<

Sooth. Home is a feeling of safety and belonging. Some people find that with a location, others with people.

>> I am thinking about stories I love by Spider Robinson and Charles De Lint and Ursula K. Le Guin, and I wish I could offer you and them all free tickets to some tavern between the world to go tell lies to each other so we can have more truths like this. <<

Wow. I am flattered to be in such august company! Of the three, I have met only Ursula -- she was at WisCon one year, and that was fascinating.

>> Yay writers. <<

*bow, flourish* Happy to be of service.
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