He drew a circle and shut me out–
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win.
We drew a circle that took him in.*
This well-known but seldom-contemplated rhyme is an example of structure that remakes the world. “Look” at it: your mind draws a small circle with a point outside. There’s a point firmly at its center, though. This center point forms the center of another, larger, circle now–one that includes the point outside the smaller circle. Do you see how powerful this is? I don’t just mean the structure itself. I mean what it means: you have remade the world by this simple act. You can easily think of someone to do it for—someone you’ve excluded from a circle, or who has excluded you from theirs. Someone with whom you want healing.
Go ahead and try it.
*The poem is “Outwitted,” by Edwin Markham, 1852-1940.