In English class, we look at the origins of words
The roots, the languages they’ve come from

In History, we consider origins
As an exploration of geography

Where was this civilization founded?
What creation stories do they tell?

This makes us reflect on our ancestry
The societies that are our background

In Science, we look at origins too
The fixed end of a muscle

And marvel that origins are within us
That we carry them and they move

In Mathematics, the origin
Is where axes intersect

It is the place from which we measure
The fixed place that gives coordinates meaning

Where is the origin of my curiosity?
And why does it show up in a poem?

/ / /

This poem was written to the prompt to write a poem of origin at NaPoWriMo.

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