Wrinkled Time (Gabrielle Bryden)

Posted on November 1, 2011 by in Heightened Talk


Madeleine L’Engle

wrinkled time.


crumples, crinkles, dips

waves, ripples, loops

stringy twirls

oscillating tendrils

freewheelin’ in non-linear time


Breath ceases,

baby cries for the first time,

life circulating.


No straight lines in nature.


If you think you see one,

crystals spring to mind,

take a closer look

and you’ll find it gone –

Mandelbrot had a fractal theory.


Look intimately at a spider web

to see a straight thread

between two points.


Human-made straightness,

requires extra energy.


If there are no straight lines in nature,

why would time deviate from straight?


Spherical earth rotating,

sun circulating.


Rotund moon held tightly

in ring-shaped trajectory.


Electron spin,

atomic, molecular orbital.


Sound waving gently through the air,

light bending with the squeeze of gravity.


Dingy shaped red blood cells floating

in plasma streams and rivers.


Lost girl stumbling in the dark,

finds herself back where she started.