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Geometry -- Alfred Kreymborg

A nice poem to start the year off...
(Poem #306) Geometry
  Never a mouse
  chases ever a tail,
  never a mouse ever sees
  that always a cat
  catches always a mouse,
  cats being kittens
  who once chased their tails.
  Toss a pebble into a stream,
  never a circle catches a circle;
  shoot a dawn-ball
  into the sky,
  never a moonbeam
  catches a sun;
  drop the same thought
  on the floor:
  Only a kitten catches a tail,
  the tail being straight,
  the kitten a circle.
  Yet never a mouse
  chases ever a tail,
  never a mouse ever sees
  that always some death
  catches always his mouse,
  deaths being kittens
  who once chased their tails.
-- Alfred Kreymborg
A dizzying poem that seems to be a metaphor for human progress, life, death,
cosmology, logic, physics, metaphysics, space, time and the most
pronouncedly noneuclidean geometries that ever sprung from a mathematician's
pipe-dreams. And no doubt a host of other things that I'll think of the moment
my head stops spinning.

m.

Links:

A biography of Kreymborg, and another of his poems at poem #245

For another beautiful poem that explores the relationship between form,
content, geometry and the universe, see poem #195

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