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I love the rain spiral

senses encompassing animation,

satellite clouds, and clouds

displayed in white

in grey telemetry,

You love, the soft rain at night,

cold and warmth, tickle soft matter,

the interplay between pressure,

a means of guiding


placed in the injured part,

in this work, we fabricate one

love the just, visible,

forecast invisible intensity

from sunset to sunrise,

both play a role,

signals traveling

a spinal radar,

ignoring the pain

we love for the last hour,

signals from the skin;

low-symmetry particles

with shapes, spirals,

spirals, spirals,

yellow altitudes,

fluid, few to overcast

blue, blue, blue

gusts are green,

you, love,

the spiral,

shaped particles can surface it;

loves’ tangential boundary

touches chiral configurations,

heads point in the same direction,

both singular

they love the colloidal process,

our findings forget everyone

but love’s ice, and heat

breaking elastic distortions

as soft rain spirals.

Antonia Sara Zenkevitch


This is part of Freeform Fridays Prompt. The words this week: soft, rain, spirals. Many people wrongly say there is no art in free form,  but freeing forms have created every poetry form there is. I decided to give myself the extra challenge of weaving in elements of found text. So, the above are words braided together from erasure / erased poetry and riffs on verb conjugations for ‘love’. Taking timeless emotions, collected memories, a new weather report, a description of the sound of rain and articles on soft matter and the psychology of touch. I mixed the texts up to create new meanings.  For those interested in the writing process I used here, full references are given below, with highlighted words.

References of Sources 
1. Weather Spiral Park – meteoblue accessed 08/03/2019
Temperature (°C)
Temperature felt (°C)
Wind direction
Wind speed (mph)
Precipitation (mm/3h)
Precipitation probability
 rainSPOTPrecipitation distribution within 35 km
Pressure: 1022 hpaTimezone: CSTDomain: NAM12Last model run: 2019-03-07 23:26
The location marker is placed on Spiral Park. This animation shows the cloud cover as observed by satellite. High clouds and clouds with vertical development are displayed in white, low clouds and fog in grey. This map uses infrared satellite telemetry to calculate the temperature of the clouds. Low clouds and fog are difficult to distinguish from ground temperatures and might therefore be inaccurate. The location marker is placed on Spiral Park. This animation shows the precipitation radar for the last hour, as well as a 1h forecast. Drizzle or light snow fall might be invisible for the radar. Precipitation intensity is colour coded, ranging from light blue to heavy purple. Our 5-day meteogram for Spiral Park offers all weather information in 3 simple graphs:
  • Temperature chart with weather pictograms. The time from sunrise to sunset is indicated in light yellow.
  • Clouds in different altitudes: from few clouds (light grey) to overcast (dark grey). Dark blue bars show hourly precipitation and light blue showers. An asterisk indicates snow fall.
  • Forecasts for wind speeds are blue and for gusts are green. The arrowheads point in the same direction as the wind.
2. Soft Matter Journal, Issue 45, 2015
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Soft Matter

Colloidal spirals in nematic liquid crystals


One of the central experimental efforts in nematic colloids research aims to explore how the interplay between the geometry of particles along with the accompanying nematic director deformations and defects around them can provide a means of guiding particle self-assembly and controlling the structure of particle-induced defects. In this work, we design, fabricate, and disperse low-symmetry colloidal particles with shapes of spirals, double spirals, and triple spirals in a nematic fluid. These spiral-shaped particles, which are controlled by varying their surface functionalization to provide tangential or perpendicular boundary conditions of the nematic molecular alignment, are found inducing director distortions and defect configurations with non-chiral or chiral symmetry. Colloidal particles also exhibit both stable and metastable multiple orientational states in the nematic host, with a large number of director configurations featuring both singular and solitonic nonsingular topological defects accompanying them, which can result in unusual forms of colloidal self-assembly. Our findings directly demonstrate how the symmetry of particle-generated director configurations can be further lowered, or not, as compared to the low point group symmetry of solid micro-inclusions, depending on the nature of induced defects while satisfying topological constraints. We show that achiral colloidal particles can cause chiral symmetry breaking of elastic distortions, which is driven by complex three-dimensional winding of induced topological line defects and solitons.

3. You Tube Video of Soft Rain, description by Relaxed Guy
Soft Rain at night (No Music, No Thunder) Steady Rain for 3 Hours with a Dark Screen – the Rain is just visible. Highly recommended for Sleeping and insomnia. Also ideal for Relaxing or Studying. Light Rain work well for Reducing Stress or Anxiety. Don’t forget it may be useful for family or friends too. Enjoy the Rain everyone.
4. Riffs on conjugal verbs for ‘love’ in English ( with the addition of linking words)
5. Spark Notes on the psychology of Sensation
The sense of touch is really a collection of several senses, encompassing pressure, pain, cold, and warmth. The senses of itch and tickle are related to pressure, and burn injuries are related to pain. Touch receptors are stimulated by mechanical, chemical, and thermal energy.
Pressure seems to be the only kind of touch sense that has specific receptors.
The Gate-Control Theory of Pain
Researchers don’t completely understand the mechanics of pain, although they do know that processes in the injured part of the body and processes in the brain both play a role.
In the 1960s, Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an important theory about pain called the gate-control theory of pain. Gate-Control Theory states that pain signals traveling from the body to the brain must go through a gate in the spinal cord. If the gate is closed, pain signals can’t reach the brain. The gate isn’t a physical structure like a fence gate, but rather a pattern of neural activity that either stops pain signals or allows them to pass. Signals from the brain can open or shut the gate. For example, focusing on pain tends to increase it, whereas ignoring the pain tends to decrease it. Other signals from the skin senses can also close the gate. This process explains why massage, ice, and heat relieve pain.

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