I stopped atop the little bridge.
a breathy breeze arose:
whiffle winds upon the pond –
cat's paw ripples ripped in rows.
it evanesced – to stillness –
as a butterfly flew by …
alighting on the water's blue,
beneath the azure sky.
ripple after ripple
undulating circle spin –
drawing me, drawing me in.
a wisp of magic floats to earth
when spells entwine with riddles:
the scent of green and sunshine glints
and butterflies on ripples ... ... ...
The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions - a small change initially resulting in large differences later. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before. Although esoteric, the butterfly effect can be seen in simple examples everywhere. In literature, the butterfly effect is used in presenting scenarios involving "what if" cases where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in a very different outcome.
graphics by W. Bourke
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