16 March 2008

"In Circles Veritas"


"A Piece of Pi...".

(by J. Harnsforth Pumbley)

"Oh, Give me, let me taste the fruit
Which renders into Pi:
No number of the flavors there
Which so deceive the eye...
You cannot separate the truth
From what is plain to see;
All reasoning is circular
Between sweet Pi and me."


14 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

A fabulously beautiful mandala. Thanks for sharing it.

I tagged you for a meme, but it is one that's been going around and around, so if you've already done it and don't want to do it again, that's fine. :-D Here's my meme.

---Michael--- said...

Andree in Vermont sent me this mandala and a challenge to come up with a "Circle" poem. I don't know exactly what he was trying to say, but J. Farnsworth came up with one!

SandyCarlson said...

Your poems and Andree's mandala together make a sweet treat!
Writing in Faith: Poems

gautami tripathy said...

Give me a piece of pi, any day!

insanely inconclusive

the teach said...

I'm with gautami, I'd like a piece of pie or rather pi! :)

Mine is up at Answers to the Questions

spacedlaw said...

Sweet poem.

Raven said...

I loved that! Apparently (you probably already know this) Friday was Pi Day. My nephew sent me a wonderful audio tape about it that made me laugh as this poem did. Beautiful mandala... wonderful colors.

Andrée said...

That is such a clever poem. I have read it at least 10 times over the day and it always reveals itself differently. Bravo!

---Michael--- said...

Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian teacher and media guru, had a lifelong obsession with the number "3", believing that the Virgin Mary guided his thoughts on the matter spiritually. It was a part and parcel of his conversion to Roman Catholism. Of course, Pi is not 3, exactly, but 3.14 etc etc etc out to infinity, but it too is a mystical number because it is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, a foundation of geometry and the pyramids. I had a thought about this while doing the research for this here piece, and it is this...

You need three people to say you have a community of thought (two is either an argument or an agreement) and so three is really a number representing DISCUSSION. As to the ever-repeating fraction needed to make 3 into Pi, well, to me that is what always remains in any discussion...the leftover that can never be resolved, but which we seek anyway because practical matters require us to "round off and move on."

Teri C said...

A beautiful mandala and the perfect words to go with it.

Mad Kane said...

Ha! Very clever. Mad Kane[

tumblewords said...

Circle, indeed. Lovely mandala and great pi.

OneMoreBeliever said...

...and i always thought 3 was conflict... makes me rethink everything.. and that is a good thing!

Greyscale Territory said...

The word pi always reminds me of its symbol ~ like Druidic dolmens at Stonehenge, or, even more ancient, an Ishtar Gate or even Greek columns.

The connection somehow creates an image of ancient cycles whirling within newer tiers of cycles.

Your poem is like a fresh tilling of the cycles.

Love it!