No Straight Lines in Nature

Spherical earth rotating

sun circulating.

Rotund moon held tightly

in ring-shaped trajectory.

Electron spin

atomic, molecular orbitals.

Sound waving gently through the air

light bending with the squeeze of gravity.

Dingy shaped red blood cells floating

in plasma streams and rivers.

Heart, hugs, thought bubbles

soft curve of lips and skin.

Lost girl stumbling in the dark

finds herself back where she started.

No straight lines in nature.

If you think you see one,

crystals spring to mind,

take a look closer

and you’ll find it’s gone.

Mandelbrot’s theory of fractals

Look intimately at a spider web

to see a straight thread

between two points

that’s not straight.

Human-made straightness

illusory of course

requires extra energy


the greatest conservationist.

If there are no straight lines in nature

is time straight?

Madeleine L’Engle

crinkled in time.

crumples, crinkles, dips

waves, ripples, loops

stringy twirls

oscillating tendrils

a wheel in time.

breath ceases

the first cry of a baby

life circulating

non-linear time?

Who knows!