Poetry Day 29 — Dao & The 10,000 Things

euclid's triangle

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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).



then two

from two, 3

from 3, 10k

Mother, from which all springs and all returns

10000 things diagram

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Mysterious Mother
dark, unknowable
creating, growing, combining
all from; all return
dividing, destroying, decomposing
immeasurable, balanced
Mysterious Mother


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, I love your take! It’s very interesting. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you found it interesting.

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  2. Cindy Scott says:

    I love Synchronicity! And for a non-math person (I really didn’t like math in school), today’s post was really fun, because it could go some many ways. I really enjoyed your poems. I also didn;t realize the connection between Tetractys and Euclid. I shall have to look further into this. Thank you! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed this and it gave you a path for further exploration. I had no clue that “the 10,000 things” was actually based on a math formula, I thought it was just a daoist expression that meant all-that-is.

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  3. Marleen says:

    Thanks for the information and the link.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      you are welcome


  4. Ingrid says:

    Thank you for offering a new perspective to me through your poetry, Lisa!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You are very welcome and thank you for you receptivity to new ideas.

      Liked by 1 person

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