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In stirred liquids 
   – coffee, cocktails, undertow,
                     tears –
vortices form 
    – even in smoke rings –

External forces
create a turbulent flow
or
   in the absence of
(external forces)
viscous friction is the mother
of what science calls irrational
                 vortices 
     Once formed
they tend to stretch and bend,
twisting
    in complex ways.
In an evolving vortex
the pathway spirals.

As a rule of thumb   
with  vortices,  like life
              or a cocktail party,
   two
apparently parallel
and circulating in the same direction
will attract
          and eventually merge,
changing forever
the properties of each.
It’s like drowning
             in a wishing well.                           

 

                                                                                                                                                                             

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