Today’s prompt is, “By the Number”. I like numbers and after working in the accounting field for awhile learned that they do speak their own language. I thought about trying to do something on my lucky number 17 or something about hexagrams from the I Ching, but the number most important to me is 10,000, for the 10,000 things. In daoist texts, the 10,000 things are all-that-is. I chose to create two poems today, both on the same topic, the tetractys form and the diamante form. What is strange is, when I was out looking for a good graphic, I came across a page with the above diagram and see that 10,000 mathematically comes from the tetractys from Euclid. How cool is that? Click on the image link and it will take you to the page that talks about it. At that point, I’d only written the diamante; when I saw a poetic form of tetractys, I wrote one for it. Serendipity/synchronicity is/are (a) beautiful thing(s).
from two, 3
from 3, 10k
Mother, from which all springs and all returns
creating, growing, combining
all from; all return
dividing, destroying, decomposing