This poem was inspired by doing a zentangle-type drawing while listening to John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy, particularly the line, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

zentangle in blues and greens
zentangle by LuAnne Holder
A simple pattern, the beauty in the detail
Consistent repetition until, alas,
The pen strays from the plan a bit

Then to compensate, another line
Attempts to right the path but strays again
Another minute change and then once more
The course begins to morph in new directions
Creating something altogether different
   than expected 

Simple still, the beauty in the detail
Of tiny variations in design, alas,
The pen played with the plan a bit

While working on the poem I read a weekly haiku prompt from RonovanWrites that just happened to address the same topic. So here is my haiku on divergence.

Planned patterned designs
Veer off in deviation
Led by muse’s will

Other works address this concept of divergence such as Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken or Jane Hirshfield’s poem, China. You can even see it in the scene about events leading up to Daisy’s accident in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

Do you have other examples that describe how life evolves from the small deviations in plans? Please share.
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7 thoughts on “Divergence

  1. Thank you for sharing this with me. That scene in Benjamin Button is so powerful. It sums up our lives in mere seconds. Thank you for reminding of this as well. You writing was a sheet delight to read. This post with all the references and such is wonderful. Never read The Road Not Taken, I will after completing my comments. You write so beautifully. Well done.

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