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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Iona: On Dun-I: Transfiguration


From Oran's Chapel on the foreshore of Iona, we move to the highest point of the Island and, though not very high (barely perceptible behind the Abbey building in the watercolour), it has been significant as a place of encounter for some. Today being the day many churches celebrate the mystery of the Transfiguration, this feels an appropriately timed post.



Iona: On Dun-I

Across the sound,
Sentinel, stood Mull,
Softened by a transient haze.

Above us
A struggling sun
Would occasionally
Bludgeon its way through the mist
And set the Abbey roofs ablaze.

We,
Pilgrims for a day,
Upon Dun-I
Re-heard the story
Of Christ's Transfiguration:
Another mound,
Another time:
Yet suddenly that mystery
Imbued my whole being
With inner illumination.

My eyes
Were seared with tears
Flooding from the deep recesses
Of my soul.

I longed to cry
"Build, build a cairn
As a commemoration."

"Commemorating what?"
I asked myself.
A shadowlands sense
Of the transcendent?

Alas I was not bold
Enough
To let myself  cry out.

I let the moment pass
And with it
The sense of God resplendent
As I fought
For composure
And my pride-bound self-control.

Other poems about Iona can be found in the general index in the right hand column of this blog. All have titles starting with thename of that precious jewel of an island.

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'