Luigi Coppola

**Ntil**

We begin with drawing a line

as a 1-dimensional construct,

from that conceptual scribble

we turn and twist and tense into a circle,

a 2D extension of that initial, limited plane.

As we gaze through that, we notice

that it is merely a silhouette of a spheroid,

that 3D expanse more air than anything else,

juggled and jolted and jostled over. That itself

is the shadow of a 4D sphere extrapolated

from temporal imagination, the turmoil

of thought, and the interplay of inverted indices

perplexed by prayers of probabilities

& possibilities & powers of the Nth degree.

of the 5D world, itself a hotly-contested hologram

along the horizon of a 6D home, itself an enigmatic

experiment on a 7D petri dish that floats and fizzles

along on the quantum lip of an 8D universe

scrawled along the edges of the quarks & leptons,

strings & things of the 9D realm until

on the other side of the infinite coin,

beyond & boundless, the 0, the zero

the almighty, the all is shed, and the D goes back

to the underworld, leaving only the 1, the unit,

the single, the one true path

curveless & edgeless & directionless & less

right where it all began, with us

drawing a line.

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**Luigi Coppola** (www.luigicoppolapoetry.blogspot.co.uk) teaches and writes in London, England. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize twice, he appeared in the Worple Press anthology ‘The Tree Line’ and publications include *Acumen*, *The Frogmore Papers*, *The High Window*, *Ink, Sweat and Tears*, *Iota*, *Magma*, *Orbis*, *Neon*, *Rattle*, *The Rialto*, *THE SHOP* and *Snakeskin*.

**Editor’s Notes:** The image is from an actual
problem in Discrete Matheematics in the 5^{th} dimension. [Find least possible value of n*n*, such that we can always choose 2 points out
of n points in 5-dimensional space (wherever they may be
marked), such that there’s at least one more lattice point on the segment
joining them. Cited from Brilliant: https://brilliant.org/problems/not-many-just-5-dimensions/]

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