Centre Of The Universe

Don't we all see our speciality
as the central truth?
My sister, the mathematician, thinks the world
is ruled by numbers
and defined by them.
She would say that without maths
the world is nothing
then start to prove it.

The medic or the tailor
the banker or the lawyer
the chef or farmer
the centre of the universe,
but most of all
I think
the poet.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Wed 13th Jan 2021 11:09

Thank you Stephen for your comment. Always appreciated.

I think the human 'universe' is broad and complex enough for many things to be at its centre. Banking isn't even essential although it is a very useful service both historically and currently. I for one am glad that we are no longer in a society that has to hide/carry and protect its wealth individually at all times. We still can by choice, but we do have an alternative. I understand why bankers would think that the world is ruled and defined by money. That said, I agree that poets rank higher. Words sway intentions which sway actions and only then is money involved.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 12th Jan 2021 17:17

I think poets should rank fairly high in the pecking order, certainly above bankers, although some of them may write poetry. What a fascinating world it is, as this poem suggests.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Tue 12th Jan 2021 12:42

Thank you Mariyam, Philipos, and Brian for your comments.
Thanks also to those who have clicked 'Like' for this poem.

Mariyam you are correct one of the things I wanted this poem to be is a little bit cute, and I wanted to imply that I think that I am 'a poet'. I was a little bit teasing when I suggest that it could be the true centre of the universe although I do think it is an indispensable and irremovable part of it.

Philipos mathematics has been used for the understanding, building and shaping of many things but my sister's perspective was at least a few times as stated (with very little poetic license) and that goes beyond what I would agree with.

Brian, yes, it is a human characteristic to do that and as far as I am aware all poets are human (but that's just because I don't know any other animal languages so I can't say for sure whether they contain poetry or not). Just because most people can't even get pennies for their poetry doesn't mean their poems aren't precious and of great value (in non-monetary ways).

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Tue 12th Jan 2021 09:36

You're right Aviva, poets do tend to overrate their importance in the world.


Tue 12th Jan 2021 09:36

Good pointers here- especially when i think of current tv Comments about a wartime schoolgirl whose numbers were aerodynamically ideal for producing the famous Spitfire.

Mariyam sheikh

Tue 12th Jan 2021 05:43

AAww!! so sweet poem. It's like someone who is itself a poet thinks that universe cares it's poets.💖💖

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