"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Sunday, January 1, 2017

On The Nature of Things

Lucretius attempts to allow for free will in his physicalistic universe by postulating an indeterministic tendency for atoms to swerve randomly. This indeterminacy, according to Lucretius, provides the "free will which living things throughout the world have"
De Rerun Natura ~ Lucretius (50 BC)

Between Space and Time
Mark Tobey (1965)
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How do we fathom the laws of being
and of nothingness, the movement of atoms,
the meaning of music, the salt of the sea?
Safer to call it random, even the moon.

Even you, who found your way blindfolded,
belong to continuous time;
you are folding infinity seven times
but will not allow the sky to know your name.

Perhaps, this is not what you expected,
this falling into an unplanned experiment,
no more a mote in a wayward beam of light;

nor did I foresee the tremble of motion,
but I knew enough to grasp your hand
in collision: an act of will determined love.


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The Sunday Mini-Challenge in the Imaginary Garden is hosted by Björn Rudberg, who has inspired us with Brownian Motion.


29 comments:

  1. I really love where you took this challenge, to the balance between random and predestined... maybe that act of free will is a single evidence that the postulate of randomness is false. I have always preferred to see randomness of a projection of things we haven't learned yet...

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    1. Love to revisit this one... it was well worth a third and fourth reading.

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  2. nor did I foresee the tremble of motion,
    but I knew enough to grasp your hand
    in collision: an act of will determined love.

    Such beauty and depth in your lines, Kerry ❤️

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  3. From your opening lines that there are laws and yet we have free will... such a confusing and deep concept but I absolutely love how you framed it.

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  4. "...but I knew enough to grasp your hand...." and thank heaven for the knowing. Beautiful, Kerry.

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  5. Oh I love this, Kerry. You connect seemingly disparate things into something surprising and profound.

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  6. Words that express a magic endless moment.
    Marvelous

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  7. Wonderful vision in this, Kerry. I like the phrase, will determined love.
    Also love reference to the moon.

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  8. I love the pondering and questioning of the first stanza, that really opens up the poem.
    My favourite lines:

    'you are folding infinity seven times
    but will not allow the sky to know your name.'
    and
    'this falling into an unplanned experiment,
    no more a mote in a wayward beam of light;'

    I really enjoyed reading your poem, Kerry.

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  9. Yours is deeply steeped in the science of the poetic mind. I never ever know what to expect when I tap the link to read you.

    This again has been a splendid read

    Happy New Year 🍸 Kerry

    Much love...

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  10. I often feel like a mote in an unplanned experiment.

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  11. Beautiful, lulling and comforting as the noise of the sea, but strong as the waves that never end as well. Especially love your sonnet's middle, which is so rich in imagery.

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  12. In this days of riots and chaos, your poem is a guiding lifeline; not one that will be easy to find or to keep, but one that will still remind us that it is there... if we determined to reach.

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  13. nor did I foresee the tremble of motion,
    but I knew enough to grasp your hand

    There obviously are distractions along the way that may cause difficulties. Good if a loved one can be there to provide comfort!

    Hank

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  14. you are folding infinity seven times
    but will not allow the sky to know your name...love that!

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  15. Humankind curious always will challange every idea, every concept and defeat nature's rules by arrogance. We have done well except we are losing our souls by our immeasurable love.

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  16. Folding infinity seven times is a superb line - perhaps there is order in our randomness.. moments we don't know are predetermined until we reach out a hand.. or rise from the floor

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  17. this was intriguing and lovely enmeshed. wonderful ending...we must all grasp each others hand in the fall. gracias Kerry

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  18. "Even you, who found your way blindfolded,
    belong to continuous time;
    you are folding infinity seven times
    but will not allow the sky to know your name."

    poetry if i ever saw it

    I am always amazed by the freedom you have in form pieces - not once does the form compromise the vision or image it shapes. truly masterful

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  19. I feel the mote I am but also the determination and limitless you name. Thank you.

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  20. Like atoms, we feel our way, often blindly. Wonderful when we find that other hand, and grasp on.

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  21. I love your imagery here, so rich and evocative. Always such a treat to read your work Kerry!

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  22. beautiful, Kerry.

    thank you again for all you do. ~

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  23. I love this the infinity folding seven times not allowing the sky to know your name... you captured me there. Thank you Kerry...bkm

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  24. Who said science and art are antithetical? I love the poetry you have made from this piece of physics.

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