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Circles

I see a pattern Everywhere:
Circles and globes (three dimensional circles);
Shiny rings of fire.

Countless manifestations of this same shape.
Star-spangled galaxies wheeling through the sky:
That half-globe dome.
Earth, in circular orbit (more or less) around the Sun,
Escorted by the Moon.

Days give way to seasons,
Repeating every year.
Groundhog Days becoming
Groundhog Creations
Perhaps.

The list seems endless:
Hopkins’ dapples,
Planets, craters, cyclones, anti-cyclones, sea currents, 
Balls, apples, oranges, nuts, potatoes,
Teardrops, heads, faces, eyes, mouths,
Holes!

Coins, bin lids, and plates;
Sunflowers, daisies, pansies,
Rings of mushrooms,
Circling birds of prey,
A cat curled in a circle,
Like a foetus.

Life as we know it
Is a circle
And a cycle too.

Birth, Death, Blossom, Wilt.
Reincarnation?
Renewal?
Clock-faced Time itself.

Eternity might be a circle,
Infinity the same.
Maybe even God,
Some way.

Perhaps we still are building God,
For Him or Her to travel back through time
Like Doctor Who
To Create The Big Bang,
And form this expanding Universe,
Thus taking us full circle.

Or maybe the Universe will fold back in upon itself,
Producing yet one more Big Bang,
In an endless cycle,
Of Big Bangs,
Amongst this ever circling
Multiverse.

Paul Butters


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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 10:11:00 AM

    Curious, isn't it? How a simple observation will draw one into endless speculation--to the depths of life, itself.
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 7:53:00 AM

    Welcome to poetry soup!beautiful write and yes situations keep on repeating,like in a cycle.
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 6:41:00 PM

    Welcome to poetry soup, please don't hesitate to ask if you need help. Light & Love
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 11:33:00 AM

    Your first poem is very good. I enjoyed reading it very much. Welcome to PoetrySoup. I hope that you will enjoy your stay with us and also find new friends here. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. Lucilla
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 12:39:00 PM

    Cheers Owen - glad you liked. All the best.
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 11:32:00 AM

    Hi Paul welcome to the soup, great first wrote loved those circles, keep them coming, all the best Owen

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