Asymmetrical Symmetries

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A tree: branches and twigs and leaves, roots and trunk, spreading in seemingly haphazard patterns until seen as a whole from a distance.

A liquid globule, spherically coherent greets its pooled sleeping siblings which explode upward in apparently random patterns blissful at the meeting.

Plasma playing in a star, the star playing in a galaxy interspersed with primordial clouds, galaxies streaming through a universe as if running in a game of tag.

Neurons forming and reforming in a brain, perhaps a human brain but not necessarily so, firing reactively, seeking to grasp syncopating realities.

Naturally occurring notes meeting and melding, frequently clashing, joining joyfully or mournfully then slowly fading to echoes hiding in shadows by the side of a stream.

Colors playing amidst mist and sun suddenly falling into place in rainbows, marching in step for a while, then, just as suddenly absconding.

Asymmetrical symmetries at play.

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at or and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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