Chaotic Utopia

“Friday” Fractal XVI

i-249a2997a1bb82a5c46bd23c023836a2-lvfwhole.jpgLife, at times, seems rather abstract. So, with little comment, I present an abstract fractal. Unlike most of my fractals, which resemble some form in nature, this one represents a figment of a dream. Since I can’t exactly take a photograph from a dream, I’ll let the fractal stand alone:


A Mandelbrot Set, using a radial wave function to color the outside of the set. (The inside remains black.)

I’ll leave it at that, for now, until I can return to explain the symbolism in greater detail. In the meantime, here is a hint, disguised in one of my favorite poems:

A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow-

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it therefore the less gone?

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand-

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep- while I weep!

O God! can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

Penned in 1827 by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Poem borrowed from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. All fractals made by the author using ChaosPro.

A special note to those of you who sent me your wishes while I was sick and juggling chaos: Thank you. I’m feeling better now, and beginning to get caught up. Thanks, also, to those of you who waited for the much belated Friday Fractal. Hopefully, by next Friday, I’ll be back on track. –Karmen


  1. #1 Kim
    August 29, 2006

    Hi Karmen!

    Good to see you’re back and feeling better.
    Great poem by the way. I hadn’t read this one yet. Thanks.


  2. #2 Billi
    September 3, 2006

    Hey there Karmen,

    Love your site. The fractals or so beautiful AND ELEGANT!!
    I linked to your site via the Daily Kos. Keep on blogging.

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