Friday, May 2, 2014

Real Magic



Real Magic

There’s magic in math, in science, in nature.
Khayyam and Da Vinci knew it, wrote it, drew it;
Galileo and Newton sought it in the stars,
Fibonacci found it in numerical sequences – patterns
repeating in nature: mysteries unfolding in a fern,
the florets of a flower, chambers of a nautilus.

Empiricists can catalog details,
 focus on the bits and bytes,
but they see
only a small piece
of a much bigger picture.

There are facts & figures one can gather, yes:
you may weigh and measure all you like.
Calculate and extrapolate, if you must,
hypothesize and postulate, if you insist.
But, numbers, figures, data,
reasons & rationale
will only get you
so far.

Sooner or later,
you must put aside
the slide rule,
the telescope,
binoculars & microscope
and Open Your Self Up.

The rest – the magic & mystery,  
must be perceived by another means.
Sometimes, it’s simply
a matter of employing
the proper lens.

PSC/2014-Apr

photo by PSC / 2014

Written for 2014 April PAD Challenge:  Day 29 – A realistic-magical poem:
 


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