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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Colossal, Capricious Ocean


One of the groups of poems on this blog is entitled 'Care of the Planet'. It's a little while since I published anything under this heading, but a visit to the coast last week reminded me both of the beauty of the sea and the constantly profligate way it expends its energy (at least, in human terms). It is, surely, the renewable energy source with by far the greatest potential. Yet all the considerable and imaginative schemes that are afloat (forgive the pun) have not yet made big impacts on the ocean's untame-ability. This poem laments that and pleads with the sea to help!

Colossal, capricious ocean
Colossal, capricious ocean,
when will you, at last
yield up your untold wealth of energy
for the benefit of humankind?
When will you emerge pre-eminent
in the undeclared contest
with those more fickle competitors, sun and wind?
Each attempting to supply insatiable demands
for power, for heat, and to communicate,
without perceived scarring of landscapes
which too readily provide shelters for objections
from the climatologically-blind?

Wondrously, you are constant
in your twice daily ebb and flow.
Even in flat calm an underlying swell
moves beneath your faint, slight ripples
and tantalizingly,
power expends on the shifting of sand,
the passage of invertebrates
and other processes
we neither see nor comprehend.
So your riches seem unharvested,
Disappointingly dissipated
and in human terms, maybe mis-spent.

Will you help us find a secret,
an unexpected key
to how your bounty can be unlocked.
Will it lie in your strange quantum qualities*,
in re-imagined wave dynamics,
revealed in tidal motions of a far off planet
or something even more unexpected
that will render your secrets unblocked?

Surely on this generous planet,
which has o’er time
bestowed such blessings on the human race,
there will be a moment
when inspired, inventive minds
will cry together ‘Eureka’ once again,
enabling you to prevent, with mighty grace
the demise of a sterile planet
choked by the folly of a continuing
fuel-from-fossils race.

Information about 'The quantum weirdness of water' can be found at this link to an article with that title in 'New Scientist'.

And a further "Care of the Planet' poem is Collision.

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'