Two Poems

Pathways
 

O
I
am
not
going
anywhere
unaccompanied
by life’s patterns: a whorl
in a pinecone, branches on oak or elm trees,
the petal count of a daisy, the helix at the heart of a chrysanthemum,
the shell of a nautilus swimming in the ocean. A sequence hides in the shape of
                                                                                     probabilities, and in my own DNA.
 
Note: In this poem the number of letters per line is determined by the Fibonacci sequence: the first line has zero letters while the last line, representing the twelfth number in the sequence, contains 89 letters. In addition, the letters of each word add up to a Fibonacci number.  
 
 
Parallax
 
why is it
we can
estimate
across
the galaxy
the distance
of a star
from earth –
 
yet across
the room
I cannot tell
how far
your body
is from mine
 
 
Marian Christie has studied and taught mathematics, physics, Latin, Greek and yoga. Now nominally retired, she lives in Aberdeenshire, where she continues to indulge her delight in patterns of all forms through astronomy, crochet and poetry.
 
You can find Marian on Twitter: @marian_v_o.

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