Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What a Wonder!





WHAT A WONDER!

Say Mr Mandelbrot, how can it be
You discovered a pattern that grows like a tree?
When we see your discovery, there on the screen,
There's a part that we see and a part that's unseen.
A bit like a beetle, it sits there quite still,
And there's not the least hint of its wonders until
With a click of our 'mouse' we move in and lo!
An invisible world comes to light! What a show!
We move in more closely and focus our gaze
On a newly-found country, all beaches and bays.
See, look! There's a headland and there is a lake,
And that blue part resembles the eye of a snake.
And, if this is the eastern shore, this must be west,
With the south and the north just the same as the rest.
With repeat and repeat going on evermore,
From hilltop to island and back to the shore.
Mountain and lowland and heartland designs,
Created from blending and curving of lines!
Move in! Undulations now rise up and meet us.
The first pattern's gone but these new patterns greet us.
This one is flower-shape, petals full-flare,
And see! There's another one, right over there!
Another one up and another one down,
All seemingly decked out like jewels in a crown.
Seek further! Whose fingers are these I see splayed?
They point and they part, childish fingers new-made!
With copies all round them that go on for ever!
Ah yes, Mr Mandelbrot, you've been so clever;
To discover a pattern and give it your name!
A pattern that changes and yet seems the same!
A pattern that fascinates; leaves us in awe,
For we are the first generation that saw
A Mandelbrot Set with its ravishing sights,
All there on our screen and all pricked out in lights.
Oh Mr Mandelbrot, how could it be
You discovered a pattern that grows like a tree?

10 comments:

Elizabethd said...

I'm interested that you have discoverd Purple Coo! Welcome to the group!

Lilibeth said...

I love design, and random discoverings of it in everything...even and especially in math...which turns it into art. Amazing.

Thomma Lyn said...

What a fun poem -- I love how you explore patterns, and how we find meaning and inspiration in such a wide variety of phenomena. :)

Dee Martin said...

You're amazing - that you discovered this and wrote about it, and so very well. I love it!

Understanding Alice said...

they really are a wonder aren't they? As is your poem - fabulous :)

dorinny said...

amazing! this poem is superb. love the rhyme, the rhythm and the wonderful imagery... and its just good fun. i think i'll have to 'follow' you to see more ;) really enjoyed this, and its just so original.

Tammy Brierly said...

I enjoyed this and it screamed wonder. Eye's of the beholder. :)

delphiandreams said...

The poem is beautiful and captivating in its own right!

jaerose said...

What an epic poem Rinkly..Jae :)

Reflections said...

Oh what fun!
How grand it is to see things in lines,
to see things in clouds, see things in food when one dines.

What a wonderful response!