Woke this second day of may… riffing on the word cord… or chord… after the poem, find some borrowed thoughts on the words. Striking that wood cord… while racked and stacked… seems to not fit the same. Perhaps it is from raft building with binding cord… ah well, bemused in the wash of creative tide.
©Bill Bartels 05-02-2021
Cord & Chord or Chord & Cord
Binding, woven, pulling taunt,
Or three quick steps in rising tone.
Bound and tossed, Deep into…
Loosed and dancing, Circle Round.
Speaking song, Singing pitch
Pulling tight, battened down.
Then to maths the vision turns
Pulling sun to set horizon
Sea that rolls, dancing song
Lines that set, journey’s sails
Maths again, tell the path
A sun shot from the rolling deck
Song to work, lines to bind
Maths to say the path we sail
All in cord or chord or both
Dancing round, yes, dancing round
Unbound, and yet, linked in work
Using each to build upon
No longer tying, binding – bound
Tis as a tool, this twine we use
Tis as tool this song we sing
Tis as a tool these maths we work.
To pull the sun down to the sea,
Telling our path across expanse
Singing our journey
Singing in harmony
Raising voice, to set the sail
Raising cord and chord to pull the line
Woven, strong, in cord we share
Woven strong, woven indeed.
And now… the borrowed – in the folk tradition – some framing of words…
Cord: The cord is a unit of measure of dry volume used to measure firewood and pulpwood in the United States and Canada. A cord is the amount of wood that, when “racked and well stowed”, occupies a volume of 128 cubic feet. Wikipedia
Cord: thin, flexible string or rope made from several twisted strands.
Cord: an electrical cord.
Cord: a long slender flexible material usually consisting of several strands (as of thread or yarn) woven or twisted together. 2 : a slender flexible anatomical structure (as a nerve or muscle)
Cord: The vocal cords (also called vocal folds) are two bands of smooth muscle tissue found in the larynx (voice box). The vocal cords vibrate and air passes through the cords from the lungs to produce the sound of your voice.
Chord: A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of pitches/frequencies consisting of multiple notes that are heard as if sounding simultaneously. For many practical and theoretical purposes, arpeggios and broken chords, or sequences of chord tones, may also be considered as chords in the right musical context. Wikipedia
Chord: In geometry, A chord of a circle is a straight line segment whose endpoints both lie on a circular arc. The infinite line extension of a chord is a secant line, or just secant. More generally, a chord is a line segment joining two points on any curve, for instance, an ellipse. A chord that passes through a circle’s center point is the circle’s diameter. The word chord is from the Latin chorda meaning bowstring