Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

Two Kinds of Chaos

I’ve heard

on pretty good authority

that the Universe

began in Chaos.

That would be the first kind of Chaos,

the kind

full of potential

the kind

made of an excess of unmarked ingredients

that with the right amount

of creative motivation

and direction

turns into something organized…

turns into a flow

you might never have known

was Chaos in the first place,

or is just organized Chaos now.


there is the kind of Chaos

that people like to make themselves

out of the flow

by inserting themselves


into something everyone else understands

as organized

yanking and pulling

stirring and beating

against the flow



they produce a wriggling mass of Chaos

someone else

or a lot of someone elses

must use

a great deal of energy

to nudge back into flow.

These caterwampus flow folks

will loudly protest those

who go with the flow

Their claim is that Chaos

is the origin

and therefore should be the goal

of the right-thinking

There’s also folks

who spend more time

chasing the caterwampus

than letting things be

They think the Universe

can’t manage without them

that their intervention

is crucial

indeed, is so creative

it rivals any creativity

any creator could produce

or has produced before.


But for me

there is something golden

I can hear

that tells me to wait

something that resonates

something I can hear

a hopeful note

in all Chaos

a tone vibrating

across creation

that eventually —

with or without intervention

swings us all into the spiral —

sometimes in spite of us.

Chaos was here before we arrived

and it’s doubtful

our efforts to restore it

or organize it

make a difference either way

except for inflating

our impression

that we control something.

(c) RCGA 2014


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