December 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
Entropy, he wrote about entropy.
Entropy is a thing that passed me by at school somehow — the meaning of it. I only learnt the law yesterday, when I asked, when it was explained to me beautifully and simply by my friend, Joe.
I like it
I like that all systems are moving toward chaos
that all closed systems will chaoticise, will become increasingly disordered
Somehow, that is the best poetry I read all year and also, the most reassuring thing.
I like to think about disorder as a universal law
and to embrace, thus, the complexity of things
Once a girl sat under a tree, cross-legged, and she stayed very still for a very long time
Rumour goes she neither ate nor drank, but she survived
And she meditated upon the meaning of things
Quite exhausted by the hustle and bustle
The fear and the security precautions.
There is a voice in the back of the head and it insists upon money
It whispers: you need it
It hammers the horror of not having it
a state I have never known
And then, that building pressure of our social systems
The social ladders, to climb
HOW TO TAKE A PLACE IN SOCIETY
We get a handhold and pull ourselves up and up and up
Anyway she was tired, and she retreated to sit under the tree.
A boy visited her to ask her what she had learnt
And she answered
That she had unlearnt
That her opposites were no longer opposite and weighed little at all, any more
Strong and weak
Right and wrong
Dark and light
She no longer understood;
She knew nothing.
She traveled and as she traveled each person that she met opened
Each one equally
She thought: perhaps everything is very simple
Perhaps we are all the same
And perhaps we are nothing, every one of us
Beneath the layers and layers of parents and teachers and friends and country and education and work
Will we strive for nirvana?
Detaching from everything, life felt very light indeed
and she wondered why she was there and the girl did not fit at all.
Would she relearn, learn to fit and work, to take a place?
Life is complex
We are disordered
Moving, toward chaos
What a relief
What a beautiful thing.