The binary tree poem is an experimental verse form developed by Jason A. Banico, and it borrows elements from mathematics and computer science. It is an eleven-line verse form in which each line is split into two parts that are repeated elsewhere in the poem. Three stanzas of three lines each conclude with a two-line coda. The poem takes this form: line 1: A | B; line 2: C | A; line 3: B | D; line 4: A | C; line 5: E | A; line 6: C | F; line 7: B | D; line 8: G I B; line 9: D | H; line 10: E | F; line 11: G | H. In computer science, a binary tree is a tree data structure in which each node has at most two children.
| The Binary Tree
The binary tree dissects a line; the line then spawns two more.
The binary tree dissects a line; it grows and ramifies.
The line then spawns two more. It bifurcates above and below.
One day it will bear fruit. Roots nourish tree, and branches bear fruit. |