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Mobius Strip

by Chris Sorrenti

there’s no escaping the Mobius Strip -
it’s glued to us
and we’re stuck on it
sees all - knows all
no beginning and no end

like the carefully woven tapestry
of a blue and white sky
angry yet still
life giving force
of a thunder storm
rainbows and stars
on either side
all the above reflective
of humanity below…

traveling the length
of the Mobius Strip
it’s glued to us and we’re stuck on it
try to rip it off
and you only cheat yourself
inter-dimensional travel
carved deep within its niche

the sight and sound
of a baby’s cry
having taken its first breath
solstice to solstice
myriad tastes shaping
an ubiquitous form
till the pain and pleasure
of helplessness
at a funeral
and what lies beyond...

no -
there’s no escaping the Mobius Strip
it’s glued to us
and we’re stuck on it
that theoretical piece of paper
ends glued together
forming a circle
on either side
and oh what it becomes my friends
when given the right twist

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Posted on 07/21/2006
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Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 07/21/06 at 03:08 AM

Hi Chris. Fun and ponderous! If Escher could have built a roller-coaster, I imagine it might be something like the mobius-strip. Bravo!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 07/21/06 at 03:49 AM

Terrific concept and poem! Thank you! As I googled this idea, there was a picture of Ants on a Mobius Strip, by Escher. Gregory got this one right!!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/22/06 at 12:08 PM

your words Chris are always lucid and earnest and emotionally worthwhile and this poem is no exception.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 07/22/06 at 01:52 PM

interesting to think of a strip becoming a circle, the circle of life? Fascinating poem, I remember well, and I like the image accompanying it. Yes it's inevitable eternal path. Fine work.

Posted by Heide McAlister-Bates on 07/22/06 at 04:40 PM

Excellent write, Chris. Love the analogy.

Posted by Vere Mantratriad on 07/23/06 at 01:40 AM

Great, interesting write!

Posted by JD Clay on 07/23/06 at 03:07 AM

This reminds me of the Egyptian alchemists wheel, later given the name Ouroboros by the Greeks. Your depiction and poem are a great illustration of lifes cycle and just how connected we really are, Chris.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/23/06 at 01:13 PM

Well, there is no escaping as every effect caused by a cause turn into a cause for yet another effect and so on. Where did it begin? Where will it end?

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 07/24/06 at 06:17 PM

Excellent - good graphic too - these used to fascinate me as a kid - they still do. Did you ever cut through one lengthwise? You get two strips, linked as a chain - also see my Mobius metaphor in my poem, "Eternity" (in my Archives, I think).... d:-)

Posted by Christel Crews on 07/26/06 at 04:55 AM

there seems to be more to this piece than what initially reads.. very clever and intriguing!

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