No Straight Lines in Nature

Spherical earth rotating
sun circulating. 

Rotund moon held tightly
in ring-shaped trajectory. 

Electron spin
atomic, molecular orbitals.

Sound waving gently through the air
light bending with the squeeze of gravity.

Dinghy-shaped red blood cells floating
in plasma streams and rivers.

Heart, hugs, thought bubbles
soft curve of lips and skin.

Lost girl stumbling in the dark
finds herself back where she started.

No straight lines in nature. 

If you think you see one,
crystals spring to mind,
take a closer look
and you’ll find it gone.

Mandelbrot’s theory of fractals 

Look intimately at a spider web
to see a straight thread
between two points
that’s not straight.

Human-made straightness
illusory of course
requires extra energy
the greatest conservationist.

If there are no straight lines in nature
is time straight? 

Madeleine L’Engle
wrinkled time.

crumples, crinkles, dips
waves, ripples, loops
stringy twirls
oscillating tendrils
a wheel in time. 

breath ceases
the first cry of a baby
life circulating 

non-linear time? 

Who knows.

Gabrielle Bryden

3 thoughts on “No Straight Lines in Nature

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  2. Quite breathtaking. And it has the meter to match: perfectly paced, like a flighty piece of Stravinsky.