Chaos and Order Within the Poetry Universe

This ‘poem’ derives from the Secret Life of Chaos documentary that was recently on the BBC.

I thought the documentary describing recurring patterns and nature reporting back to itself fitted quite nicely with the Folding Mirror theme, so I created this ‘poem’.

The programme showed how a process known as self-similarity means that nature replicates itself in ever smaller identical patterns known as fractals. Some examples of this are body organs, tree branches, or river systems.

The documentary also talked about how chaos means that even simple mathematical equations describing natural events that should work perfectly are never foolproof, and it is this ‘chaos’ that creates change over time. Humanity is thought to have been evolving for over 3 billion years.

In line with the idea of order being thrown into chaos and change happening as a consequence, the second ‘half’ of the whole poem, below the middle line, has been changed slightly to the top half. Can you spot the change?

The Poem

The Secret Life of Chaos

self-similarity replicates at every size level it wants
fractal property the same on all scales
body organs and rivers to the universe
patterns spreading out in repetition
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
patterns spreading out in repetition
body organs and rivers to the universe
fractal property the same on all scales
self-similarity replicates at every size level it wants

evolutionary tweeks gradually mutate life and form

self-similarity replicates at every size level
fractal property the same on all scales
body organs and rivers to the universe
patterns spreading out in repetition
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
in the loop of nature life reports back to itself from its environment
complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations
patterns spreading out in repetition
body organs and rivers to the universe
fractal property the same on all scales
self-similarity replicates at every size level


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3 thoughts on “Chaos and Order Within the Poetry Universe”

  1. complex systems rely on simple mathematical equations

    this is very honest – very simple – may even be overlooked – thank you for making us see our own truth in it.

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