Triad

I remember being small,
and led to believe
reality and perfection came in twos.

Twos are easiest.
When everything is a binary,
there isn’t time wasted in questioning.

Yet my eyes are drawn to asymmetry
and the unexpected beauty of three.
Where two topples, three fortifies.

There’s a grace to three.
Stability wedded to balance wedded to form,
creates a sublime alchemy.

Three is the dance between souls,
and the stars that guide me when I am lost.
Three is home.


This poem was inspired by the prompt given over at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Kerry Says Let's Count With Our Fingers. Hop on over for more great poetry.

28 comments:

  1. I have always been a bit OCD over threes!

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    1. It's a cool number to be OCD over

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  2. David Crosby would be so proud! There is something really pleasing about this poem.

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    1. Bwa-ha-ha! OMG...I totally forgot about that song! I went back and forth on the title a bit. Trinity felt too Judeo-Christian, Trio felt off, and Three seemed too dull. I just settled on Triad as a default.

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  3. Real nice, Rommy. I know by song that "One is the Loneliest Number" for sure. I've milked cows sitting on a one-legged stool. It falls, drops out of the way if you have to get away fast when she's about to kick. Never saw a two-legged stool but three-legged ones are very practical.
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    1. Tripods are sturdier and more reliable to be sure!

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  4. That first stanza tells a world of stories, Rommy. And, as you might imagine, I'm in complete agreement: three is magic, "Three is home." ♥

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  5. The Three Graces, three wishes, Triple Goddess . . . so many associations!

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    1. Yes, indeed. There's a mythology to three.

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  6. Love 3 too. Magic number, agree. Nice choice of the song. Graceful poem.

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  7. Three is definitely a magical number, containing a sense of completion.

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  8. Oh, I LOVE this poem, especially "three is the dance between souls".

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  9. There is something so comforting in three... Love this

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  10. Love this - the mystery, the utility of the three. Mighty mighty three indeed.

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    1. I like what you just wrote a lot! It is curious how a number associated with mysteries can have such every day sort of purpose.

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  11. My favorite number! This is really gorgeous.

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  12. I love the number 3! A very magical number! Really love this!

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    1. I liked the third stanza being the point where the poem shifted, for obvious reasons.

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  14. Yes, I love your third stanza. I am always looking at things when I decorate or when I place things to photograph...three seems to be the number. :)

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    1. Three makes for some aesthetically pleasing configurations.

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