The girl and the petals
sketching petals. Petal after petal. Round and round.
The fairytale settled down to watch as the girl kept
on, never raising her head, pausing only to sharpen
her pencil. Petal after petal, round and round she
went. And it wasn’t that they weren’t beautiful, or
prepared to be part of something more. But now they
were spreading across the floor. Petal after petal.
Eventually the fairytale decided to take a short nap.
You see, she could spend her whole life doing this.
Namely exclusively spirally. Nearly namely
generally exclusively spirally. Apparently slowly
precisely steadily only nearly easily certainly early
only easily abruptly slightly especially consequently
only rapidly unusually perceptibly probably nearly
horizontally continually slowly certainly briefly
horizontally spontaneously gradually spontaneously
nearly really fully scarcely only regularly regularly
occasionally rarely accordingly only generally
apparently quickly freely generally strongly slackly
freely necessarily namely easily quietly steadily
slowly slowly lastly clearly successively slowly
successively successively equally apparently slightly
completely exactly strongly abruptly only closely
only periodically plainly strictly successively
obviously admirably necessarily immediately
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Vidler‘s collection of poems Furious Triangle was published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2011. She has a second collection forthcoming. Cath is the editor of trans-Tasman literary magazine Snorkel (www.snorkel.org.au).
Cath says: I made ‘Spirally’ from Charles Darwin’s ‘On the movements and habits of climbing plants’. I searched for instances of the word ‘spirally’ in the text and listed them in order of appearance, as separated by all the other ‘-ly’ words which occurred between each instance (also listed in order). The poem finished when the ‘-ly’ word following ‘spirally’ was also ‘spirally’.