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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Don't Forget to Feed the Cat, Dr. Schrödinger

image courtesy of Magpie Tales

Worlds divide
With each decision we make
Splintering fractals
With each turn of the cylinder
Left or right
The kaleidoscope beads shift
Morphing one pattern
Into another
A few degrees clockwise
There's a bit more red
And you're a suburban mom with three kids
A few degrees counter
And some blue appears
You're a dancer struggling with an eating disorder
Make a complete circle
And now 
You see more green
You're the top telemarketer for credit card insurance
And you still live with your mom 
And a collection of comic books and porn
When you see one pattern
Where are the others?
When a choice is made
Are the others gone?
Or are they just waiting elsewhere?

submitted for Magpie Tales 63

17 comments:

Steve Isaak said...

Love this, exemplary, perfect.

Helen said...

Your Magpie is totally intriguing!!! I love it.

Shari Sunday said...

So true! It is all here, all the time. Very interesting!

Lyn said...

I think it's all waiting..I love the way the tone shifts in this..it just plunges into a seperate reality!

Donna B said...

Outstandingly creative! I absolutely LOVE this! Great job!!!

Jinksy said...

A kaleidoscope life, no less... Clever!

Isabel Doyle said...

I like your quantum poem, Mouse. And if you aren't watching - what happens then?

Bryan M. White said...

Clever metaphor.

Do they still make those Kaleidoscope tube? Those were awesome. I used to stare into them when I was a kid, wondering how they worked.

Kathe W. said...

choices choices...excellent post!

Mary said...

Oh excellent! You had me at fractals!

Lucy Westenra said...

You have made a very effective mataphor out of the prompt. Inventive and interesting.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Just love this - very clever! Bravo!

Anna :O]

Pat Tillett said...

VERY creative!
You are very good...

Tumblewords: said...

Stellar piece. It speaks to life and choices in an intriguing manner.

Olivia said...

Oh!! It started off and became intense..
Very realistic n meaningful.. :)

Often we make choices and leave the others- but would die before admitting to the fact!

Then again, I want the newer choices to strike me, so I move over the earlier set of choices..

Hugs xoxox

sukipoet said...

so true. making choices seems one of the largest of our life tasks. nice interpretation of the photo.

Tess Kincaid said...

Wonderfully metaphoric take.