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Monday, 29 April 2013

Asteroid Mining: a cautionary rhyme


We are going to hear a lot about asteroid mining in the next 2-5 years. It could have the momentum of an early gold rush. It will be undertaken by commercial concerns and cannot easily be regulated. Commerce carries an innate risk of greed and we have seen how destructive that can be in the global financial markets in recent years.  This short poem reflects on unregulated commercial activity in space.

Asteroid Mining.
It proved to harbour untold wealth,
far beyond the wildest dreams
of those who’d planned this cosmic chance;
an asteroid seized for its mineral seams

It was brought to the edge of the atmosphere,
then slowed to avoid its breaking apart,
steered to land in a wilderness place,
manoeuvred for exploitation to start.

‘Rare earths’ no longer described the haul,
though they were the nature of what was found,
a plethora far beyond the stocks
of those believed to be stored in the ground.

But beyond the sight of greedy eyes,
a heat-resistant microbe strain,
had fallen to earth in the sweeping descent
to spread unchecked through its novel terrain.

If you want to read more about these ideas, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21144769


and if you'd like to read more of my 'Care of The Planet' poems click here

More remote and unapproachable are black holes. A lighthearted reflection on these curious objects can be found at Black Hole



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

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'