Weird, sometimes when I’m writing a poem I get lost, digging for some information about what it is I’m pursuing.

I just found a whole bunch of notes about a poem I was writing to do with the ‘Golden Ratio”. Meant to be the magical measurement that all of nature is set by, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, for example, is splayed as such. They say flowers and veins on leaves also meet the same rule. It’s a wonderful idea whether it holds true or not…I must have thought so anyway!


The golden ratio. Sectio aurea. The divine proportion measurement. Distances our love, the tips of fingers from heart. Each footstep and holler, rose bud to stem, spider webs…

“…the golden ratio and its application to yield pleasing, harmonious proportions, rhythms apparent to the eye and clear in their relations with one another. And these rhythms are at the very root of human activities. They resound in man by an organic inevitability, the same fine inevitability which causes the tracing out of the Golden Section by children, old men, savages and the learned whose main interests were mathematics and philosophy, who found the golden ratio expressed in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants, and of veins in leaves. He extended his research to the skeletons of animals and the branchings of their veins and nerves, to the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals, as well as the use of proportion in artistic endeavors. In these phenomena he saw the golden ratio operating as a universal law Zeising wrote in 1854:

A universal law in which is contained the ground-principle of all formative striving for beauty and completeness in the realms of both nature and art, and which permeates, as a paramount spiritual ideal, all structures, forms and proportions, whether cosmic or individual, organic or inorganic, acoustic or optical; which finds its fullest realization, however, in the human form…”

That’s all I got to it seems. There you go then. Food for thought…


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