Welcome to April 1st and the first post of The 2013 A To Z Challenge. In honor of National Poetry Month, I will be attempting to write a poem a day. Now, remember, I’m not promising Keats or Frost in a day, but one of MY poems per day. Today’s word is:
Wait for it ….
Now, while that could have been my poem (and is probably more worthy of the beatnik finger snapping than what follows), it isn’t. Sorry. Keep reading…
Let’s start with a little mathematical and philosophical theory about anticipation and anticipatory systems…
An anticipatory system is “… a system containing a predictive model of itself and/or its environment, which allows it to change state at an instant in accord with the model’s prediction pertaining to a later instant.” (Rosen, 1985) “An anticipatory system is a system whose current state depends not only on previous states, but also on possible future states.” (Nadin 2003) ‘I change my present course of action, in accordance with my model’s prediction.’ (Rosen, 1985)
Rosen, R., (1985). Anticipatory systems. Philosophical, mathematical, and methodological foundations. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
Now that the philosophical definition is out of the way, let’s move on to the poetry part, remembering that this poem’s current state depends not only on previous states, but also on [all] possible future states. There’s something wonderfully quantum about that…
Passes blue through darkness
Illuminating forgotten potential
Driving imagin’d fear
To furthest corners.
From souls too stubborn to
Hope for blinding, brilliant
Loathing and nursing the
Apprehension of undream’d
Hearts hear echoes of
Trembling in our collective
Sum of all things.