Mandelbrot Set

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August 2022, no. 445

Mandelbrot Set

by
August 2022, no. 445

i

~ dots of colour     points on a complex
          number plane where the x horizontal axis
represents the ‘real’ part number    
          and the vertical y gives us unseen
space      the imaginary i      x=iy
          and i2 =-1     which is
the infinite horizon’s periphery
          of scolia     stellate forms     narrow sky
water     earth     data     an exiguous eternity ...
          a free fractal generator
ChaosPro (www.chaospro.de)
          takes our most malleable maps  
and gives back to us     neon lichen     estuaries
          snowflakes     black beetles      astral trees    
tributaries     fjords     coastlines     budding
          spores and flowers     all the river mysteries
Zeus might have seen from heaven
          or the shallop we imagined belonged to the gods
infinitely divine and wise  ...
          kaleidoscopic world     beautiful blaze
enlarged by looking     it took a man his entire life
          to decipher this hidden world
while Zeus had only immortality
          to juggle in the mountain’s clouds
and olive trees    the blue ocean a scimitar
          leaning back on land’s edge to gnaw
the fronds of fate     liturgies leave it up to our kind
          our eyes     to keep the smaller picture in mind ~

 

ii

~ a new set of chess pieces     unrecognised
          moves and checkmates     no single gene
or game clock to regulate strategy
          and the vertical y gives us unseen
space      the imaginary i      x=iy
          an elastic blueprint     each trait defined
by what we cannot see or hear or know  
          an infant reaching for a mobile phone
listening for the sound of words     phrases
          sentences     imprisoned by lost languages ...
ChaosPro (www.chaospro.de) ...
          Alan Turing imagined a machine
that could decipher the arithmetical world
          without consciousness     calculation hurled
at the mind’s handedness     cryptography
          (Daniel C. Dennett called Turing one of
the twigs on the ‘Tree of Life’ in the 2020 New York
          Review of Books)     his analytic
machines scything through intercepted Nazi
          codes with Darwinian practicality ...
enlarged by looking     it took a man his entire life
          to decipher this hidden world
of spider webs     wasp nests     beaver dams ...
          we have not met our lockdown grandchild
a face already loved beyond imagining
          heart-gesture inherited     transcending
space and time to un-net the spider     un-melt the ice
          un-dam the beaver     welcome to paradise ~

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