The Most Efficient Path


As I take my walk through the woods,

I see untold beauty unfolding before me,

But I peer closer for I want to really see,

Nature’s royal form wrapped in fractal cloaks,

Natural occurrences as in the leaves of oaks,

Complex patterns rising from simple rules,

Fractal recurrences of nodules,

Using a mathematician’s way to explain,

How nature is not so complex but plain,

There is so much simplicity, yet elegant math,

Because nature follows the most efficient path,

Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio have a say,

How beauty even exists in such a way,

With so many stimuli to overwhelm the mind,

I have to concentrate if the beautiful order I’ll find,

Branches, layers, spirals, are everywhere displayed,

 Concrete examples that can be touched and weighed,

Pine cones with the Fibonacci spirals, feathers of owl,

Gathering specimens with camera as I continue to prowl,

Later to change the pictures into numerical models to test,

Analyze, and record patterns from this treasure chest,  

Everything studied and written down as planned,

Like William Blake, “See the world in a grain of sand,”

Then once more I’ll be free to soar and see with eagle’s eye,

Chaos unchained and let my imagination fly.

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  1. I envy your scientific understanding of the complexities of nature and your ability to share it simply through poetry. I especially love the phrase…”elegant math”.

  2. I once took a botanical illustration course in which we described the patterns in nature. It was there that I first learned about Fabonicci numbers in nature and our bodies. I am still facinated by the mathmetics of nature. Your poem is a lovely reminder of the wonder of creation. Thanks for visiting me, too!

    1. Thanks, Ji, for the comments. The potluck is fun as usual. Thanks.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  3. Mathematics and numericals integrated into nature…very interesting method of approaching the beauty and majesty of nature. Witty, elegant piece – and congrats on bringing into the equation and still maintaining that sense of beauty!

    1. Throughout my years in education I was a strange one, teaching mathematics and English/literature. One district sent me to Oakland to hear Maya Angelou for an English conference and San Francisco the following week for a math conference. When I reported back for each one, my collegues were amazed and confused by my duality. But that’s another story or two.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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