Praise on Pi Day

Praise on Pi Day

March 02, 2021

Lisa Rosenberg's poem "Praise on Pi Day" originally appeared on Ruminate's Issue 53: Shelter.

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Praise on Pi Day
By Lisa Rosenberg

 

To praise the nonrepeating, I will praise the
universe: each smooth circumference,
each jagged fit and fractal-sculpted face
of life and not-life. They’re everywhere you look. 

The universe, each smooth circumference
of our daily mess, won’t fit in simple bins
of life and not-life. They’re everywhere you look
and elsewhere, too. What surprises us is not 

our daily mess, unfit for simple bins, 
but each repeated lesson learned anew
and elsewhere, too. What surprises us is not
that we forget, but that our learning shifts 

with each repeated lesson learned anew.
The aster blooms. The supernova cools.
We might forget that all our learning shifts 
into the pupil of the coming day. 

The aster blooms. The supernova cools
its jagged fit and fractal-sculpted face
into the pupil of a coming day 
where praise is nonrepeating, and we praise.

 

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Photo by Nastasia Kalinina on Unsplash



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