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.