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Monday, 21 January 2013

Aphelion


Aphelion
This is the frozen waste of my existence,
so far from my host star
that I am a barely perceptible speck
from the terrain of any of my fellow travellers.
I am surely forgotten as I careen
dangerously close to the void of outer space
where orbits are rare and bleak.

In my desolation I recall the warmth
and comfort of my long-ago perihelion,
when my frozen wastelands were gentle pools
of tepid waters;
where wildlife flourished and abundant vegetation
caressed my craggy crust.

Gone, gone are those glorious balmy days
in which I basked in ‘goldilocks’ gaiety
and the splendour of life
gave me a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Then came the long autumnal drift
that I could not resist.
The seeping chills that slowly,
quelled the exuberance of life
and sapped my hospitality.
A time of sadness, a time of weeping
that grew more laboured
with every gasped rotation.

Now I can go no further from my sun
and in my better moments
I dare to feel a glimmer of hope.
Can hibernations last
not only through the precipitate sweep into desolation
but also during the long, long return flight?

In my frigid torpor,
are moments I am drawn to recall that one-time glory
precisely for what it was.
A generous gift to a hyper-eliptical planet
which follows a slow-creeping vernality
that will surely break again
into exquisite resurrection.

Original introduction:In November 2012, at Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge (where I was part-time fundraiser), we had a magnificent concert by the remarkable young violinist, Jennifer Pike. One of the pieces Jennifer performed was ‘Aphelion’, written by her father, Jeremy Pike.

Before playing, Jennifer described the sense of isolation the piece was intended to convey: the isolation of a celestial object when furthest from its sun. And that  got me thinking. So, very many thanks to the Pike family, not only for beautiful music, but for a spark of inspiration.

A rather more lighthearted approach to another cosmic phenomenon can be found at Black Hole 

Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE


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'