Two plus Two Equals almost Four Blooms

When manmade Ragnarök swallowed Thunder and ate Old One-Eyed, the Trickster turned into Oil and Gold Alchemist Almighty. For centuries, belief was his. Homo sapiens prayed him Supreme. By the end of his first era, OG2A was calculated profit from oil-filled bladder to gold-stiffed hair tips. Then his absolute math began to wane… OG2A ran to his lab, filled five beakers with himself, and “Thank me, all is well!” until the fifth… He tried and tried and the results couldn’t be fixed: all seemingly complex equations remained true, but the most basic two plus two (defied him) and equaled almost four blooms.

alchemy of trees;
belief turns oil into gold…
Nature’s chaos rose

Process Note: I couldn’t decide between basing today’s poem on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, or on the “Unsubmissive Plant”, by Remedios Varo. So… I decided to go with both.

for NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 24 – Art Speaks to Art: Base a poem on a piece by one of your favorite artists.

The Unsubmissive Plant, by Remedios Varo“Unsubmissive Plant”, by Remedios Varo

25 thoughts on “Two plus Two Equals almost Four Blooms”

  1. This one is fun, but very sly, much like the tone in American Gods. To me, it speaks about how humans love to over-complicate things, much to their own detriment and perhaps going back to understand the simple truths would be a big step forward.

  2. “Prayed him Supreme” my god, I love that! Greed before logic, realization too late. Loved the story, the haiku, and the painting is odd and vaguely disturbing, which means I like it a lot!

  3. OH My!…I was befuddled by the mathmatics and science, but “squeee’d” at the fantastic “me” image (after massive weight loss obviously) 😀 XXX

  4. Lovely picture and poem. When I was looking at this, the song “Weird Science” starting playing in my head. 🙂 Favorite line: “Nature’s chaos rose”.

  5. The references to the old gods,and the Nordic pantheon of course tickled me to no end, but it also really made this alchemical, as it twists the original basics into something complex, sinister, perhaps unachievable and destructive (coincidentally, I have seen that Varo painting referred to as ‘The Alchemist’ -but I like ‘Unsubmissive Plant’ so much better and I’m sure that is the real title–very much her feel.) The haibun form works well here to give a feeling of tension and dichotomy. I have not read American Gods, but surely they are truly Oil and Gold.

    • I hope you read American Gods one of these days. It’s… one of my two favorite books in the world, and that’s saying a lot for someone who can’t even make a proper list of her favorite books. Seriously; it’s a fantastic book. What Neil Gaiman does with gods from around the world is just wonderful.

      The name for the painting, in Spanish, is ‘Planta Insumisa’. I wonder if they changed the named to “The Alchemist” when they translated it. I hope not. It would be a true disappointment; it would changed the focus of the work completely, methinks. 🙁

    • Nature can be a confusing lady, can’t she? Especially when she’s trying to get around people in order to get her own way… which she nearly always does in the end. 😀

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