Nature as Chaotic Order

Nature as Chaotic Order


She said she was
attracted to him
not because of his own
desire for growth
but because he had a respect
for process,
and taught her
how to garden.

Through him,
with him,
she was attracted
not only to the petals
but to the very idea
of gardening:
things ordered in time.

Logically, that was attractive
to a mind flooded
with chaotic, brilliant ideas.

The plants all seem
to bide their time
and they also seem
to spring up and blossom
very suddenly when no one
is looking.

I also have a neighbor
who gardens:
this long-legged girl
who’s always on the balcony
across from my window,
always either smoking
or tending to her little plants,
shrinking her precious life down
to something manageable.

We all drink
our daily doses
of water and poison.

The mind tries,
through its thinking,
to be relieved of itself.

Think nothing, for the thinker.
Be present, for eternity.

Be present when you plant
the seeds. Be present
when they burst, grow, and reveal
their compacted extravagance.

Live out everything, within its place,
within time, for true liberty.

David Pring-Mill 

As a professional technology journalist and startup consultant, David Pring-Mill has been quoted in Forbes, CNBC, Business Insider, and USA Today. In his spare time, he writes poetry. His poems have appeared in Ariel Chart, Poetry Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, East Coast Literary Review, FIVE:2:ONE, and many other literary journals. You can visit his website at and follow his handle @davesaidso on Twitter.


  1. Great title to a wonderful poem. I will watch out for more.

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