Nautilus

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You’re coiled tighter
and tighter as you
descend in a pattern
which mirrors a nautilus.
Your polished marble
stairs mimic its
hollowed cavities.


Photo Public Domain; Chambered Nautilus
 
It’s tiny pinpoint
eye scans its world
through a blur of depth.
Propelling its pearly,
iridescent casing
up
and
down
much like
a stairway,
higher
lower,
it forages
for bits of
carrion
and searches
for a mate.
Internal spirals
create perfect
chambers
that
generates
buoyancy
and jet
propulsion
to move
up
and
down.
 
You emulate
a staircase
that winds
around
and around
guiding us
up
and
down.

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  1. mtw

     /  May 12, 2016

    i absolutely adore when human creations echo aspects of nature; you portray these two similarities so well, with golden snippets of science incorporated smoothly. lovely piece.

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  2. I really love how you have played with those shapes being similar, and how your have built a deeper meaning into that Nautilus and stars. There is a deeper mystery to those stairs, a movement maybe….

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  3. Such a wonderfully profound write Gayle 😀 enjoyed this poem.

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  4. Glenn Buttkus

     /  May 12, 2016

    Circular stairs give me vertigo, but metaphorically & scientifically, your piece touches on wonder & brilliance. Coiling always reminds me of springs & serpents, or Abstract shapes that exhaust you, entrap you, take you in endless circles–but then there is the eye, the vertex; interesting for sure.

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  5. I love spiral staircases. Very nice poem. I like how you made it long (with many short lines) like a spiral staircase going down and down.

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  6. How we copy nature in its beauteous form. You have so wonderfully compared the two and the poem is like a spiral itself leading from one to the other.

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  7. oculos nares et poemata

    we are a library
    eyes young once
    maternal bound
    the sage places
    palaces ago
    tendered
    weighted
    blood flow

    we each live
    the life of a cell
    one presumes
    when tasting rain
    a cycle
    of sky
    and mountain

    reasons why
    we look at things
    to pattern ourselves
    after, knowing
    we leave a little chaos
    on the canvas
    each marrow praying
    Emerald City stays Oz …

    ————————-

    ❤ it, took me to Santorini as I was reading …

    every sight
    every scent

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  8. Magically mathematical, and we try to copy this purity. Lovely poem.

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  9. I would be dizzy with the spirally up and down ~ I take it like a metaphor, a journey in searching for one’s path, whether it goes up and down, you will walk towards it, pulled by greater energy ~

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  10. Magnificent poem.

    The nature you portray in this poetic masterpiece is awe and beautifully memorizing.
    You capture this so well and the creative in this poem is outstanding. 🙂

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  11. I’m getting light-headed just looking at it. I can’t imagine trying to walk down it.
    Tim

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  12. Such a wonderful dance of words and shapes, of movement and change… I wonder how all the spinning affects a soul… or two souls sharing the experience.

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  13. Beautifully depicted Gayle, I thought you created a very vivid image and metaphor for us all.

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  14. Love that ‘blur of depth’ especially, and the way your poem spirals downward.

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  15. This is such a clever piece of writing, Gayle, and I am envious of your imagery. I have long been pondering a poem and some photographs of spiral staircases, but you have done it so much better than I could. The eye image is very apt.

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  16. The visual of this poem is intensely accurate. Love the images you create with words!

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  17. The visual similarity between the staircase and the shell is stunning!

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  18. I love these shells and you have broken their ‘code.’

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  19. Also reminds of the proverbial ladder to heaven? Specially as it is linked to Mother’s Day, being a feminist. The mind staggering -balance and harmony fits the idea. For me anyway.

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  20. Visual images are beautiful, and I love how the poem is also tightly coiled!

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  21. Your words, bouncing between the spiral staircase and the nautilus seem to mimic the depth perception of both pictures. I was sent spinning, and I greatly enjoyed the sensation. Great work.

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  22. The nautiluster and the stairway are both propellers. They move us and themselves along in life. Nice comparison

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  23. Oh this reminds me of Mary Oliver’s work. You’ve described so beautifully, with minute details, the nautilus — and made a comparison here. and then my mind takes me elsewhere thinking of the nautilus and life. Beautiful.

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  24. Such an interesting piece, Gayle. I think the shape and line breaks add to the geometrical feel of your poem and there is much to be learned from it, metaphorically as well as scientifically. Nice!

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  25. Lovely comparison by words and pictures. 🙂

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  26. Nice use of enjambment Gayle, I like the shapes and shaping of words! Just lovely! Hugs!

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  27. Thank you for giving me a new experience through a shape.

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  28. As we travel through life up and down. Great metaphors.

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