Symmetry and perfect vision are writing themes that began my year –
represented by four numbers that appeared, when 2019 rang a final chime.
Four numbers, marking a new decade, that I have written several times.
I write the first two familiar digits, then my fingers hesitate.
Holding my pen, or resting on keys, my fingers wait.
Waiting for a signal for the number that should come next …
concentration complete, I can now duplicate the pair.
Did my fingers stutter, did I accidentally repeat?
No, these are the numbers, two zero two zero, twenty twenty –
a balanced beginning, simplistically revealing harmonious things.
I ponder that this balanced theme may be just a dream –
a fabrication of my mind.
My desired theme, may actually be
a mislabeled container that doesn’t reveal what is inside.
“Numbers never lie,” or so they say, but these digits
are deceptive; they made me want to believe.
That our 365 days, plus one leap,
would be a path of perfect vision and symmetry.
But I only need to click on the remote, or open a feed,
and see that these themes do not exist in everyone’s reality.
Blurred vision and imbalance are what I see,
when missiles are launched at the enemy,
and fires rage as residents and animals attempt to flee.
Marking the year, the passing of seasons,
the balanced digits are only that, not a universal theme.
If perfect balance was achieved, what a blessing it would be,
but for now, my paradigm exists only in the land of make-believe.
Realizing that balance can never survive,
when the goal is to destroy or devour,
as powerful governments, and raging fires try.
I walked away from my keyboard and my screens,
and set out to find another model of symmetry.
Delighted, I found it under me, around me, and above me.
Nature restored my hope in symmetry, if not humanity.
I stood in awe of her grandeur, her balanced harmony.
Diverse plants and animals coexisting, taking only what they need.
Not caring about the passing of a year, or an attached theme.
Nature – symmetry beautifully designed,
if we leave her alone and allow her to thrive.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my poem about seeking balance, beauty, and symmetry. I hope that you are finding balance and beauty in your world.
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Picture 1: Agave Plant, Desert Botanical Garden Picture 2: Charred tree, Havasu Riviera State Park, Arizona Picture 3: Saguaro Skeleton, Desert Botanical Garden Picture 4: Palo Verde, Desert Botanical Garden Picture 5: Small Barrel Cactus, Desert Botanical Garden Picture 6: Hiking Calderwood Butte Trail, Peoria, Arizona
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