Wednesday, December 08, 2010

point

from the tangents,
I take apart the circle
that point stands out as a judge
scared, the arrows scatter away
I bring back the ray,
plant it near the point

bereft, circle stands alone
(point was its safety valve)
I give it a triangle,
yet it refuses to look at me
I feel the windless icy chill
while circle collapses

ignoring me,
the point runs towards it,
when it embraces the circle,
it comes alive,
ray, tangent and triangle
dance to their beats in nightfall

"out of their periphery, I draw the curtains"

24 comments:

Melissa said...

this is gorgeous...absolutely gorgeous, and so so poetic :)

thank you for posting it!

jaerose said...

There is so much weight to this poem..how you used the imagery and ideas was very skilled..Jae

lalita choudhary said...

Really well done!! :)

Ramesh Sood said...

Amazing...'tangent and triangledance to their beats in nightfall' creating such imagery..indeed gifted you are, Gautami !

Nanka said...

Geometric poem and the imagery created is mathematical Gautami!!

The words say a lot and very alive!!

Grandma said...

The poetry of math. Very creative and lovely imagery.

Double Duty

pia said...

You hooked me from the first sentence

Timoteo said...

Very nice...but it reminded me of why I failed geometry class!

Janet Aldrich (tec4) said...

Oh, I love this! I wish you'd taught me geometry ... it might have made sense!

Lost in thoughts said...

Nice choice of words...

budh.aaah said...

Really well written

emily wierenga said...

chilling and beautiful. you always stun. thank you. (btw, this is the last imperfect prose until the new year. i hope you have the merriest of christmases! thank you for linking.)

vivinfrance said...

An enthralling poem, surprised me with its geometric allusions.

flaubert said...

Gautami,
A beautiful geometric poem.
Pamela

senderupwords said...

As always, beautiful. Love and Light, Sender

Tumblewords: said...

Very, very fine. I love the final line as it brings the circle to a close...

barbara said...

I always knew that love was mathematical

Wayne Pitchko said...

some poems you want to read over.....this is certainly one of them......thanks Gautami

subtlescribbler said...

one of the best poems i read in the recent time. its got a deep meaning and words r so tangible. good work :)
sarah

Gaurang Rao said...

Very poetic

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Unique and clever poem! I love the "angle" you chose to take from that line.

kelly said...

Guatami - this is delightful. Very nice work.

Deb said...

Oh, I do love your math poems!

Ramblings by Carol Nuckols said...

Very interesting. I remember little of my high school geometry, so I have to read this for the poetry, not the math. I liked geometry, but I never thought of it this way. I love that last line.