Muse30 Prompt #16

So many possibilities for this prompt. You might start by playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album on your 33rpm record player. Then read Opticks, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light by Isaac Newton, published in 1704.

-ism denotes an action, result, quality, system, principle, condition.

n. a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms
n. optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image

From WordNet 3.0

Prisms-like objects inspire an abundance of quotations and poetic phrases.

"Dada is able to mobilize the optical and dimensional static viewpoint which keeps us imprisoned in our [three-dimensional] illusions. Thus it became possible to perceive the entire prism of the world instead of just one facet at a time. In this connection Dada is one of the strongest manifestations of the fourth dimension, transposed onto the subject.. .Dada is 'yes-no, a bird on four legs, a ladder without steps, a square without angels'. Dada possesses as many positives as negatives. To think that Dada simply means destruction is to misunderstand life, of which Dada is the expression."
Theo van Doesburg

"Careful, Robin. The criminal mind sees the world through a prism the solid citizen dare not peer through."

“Life is like a prism. What you see depends on how you turn the glass.”
Jonathan Kellerman

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