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Monday, 29 June 2015

Angel Wings


Angel wing nebula (imaginary)

Do angel wings pulse through the air of another planet
in the arms of a galaxy light years from here?
Does the breath of such messengers summon and challenge
creatures who think, but who most strange, appear.


IF wings pulse and breath stirs unknown beings to listen,
prepared to respond to their Maker’s desire,
that message will ring out with love, truth, and wisdom,
and on that far world, peace and justice inspire.


About this poem
It is strange how ideas come together sometimes. I have for a while been wanting to write a poem reflecting on how things like tranquility which arises from being beside still water, or awe at the beauty of a vivid rainbow, would translate into another world with completely different forms of life and landscape: and then to express that imagined experience as part of God’s cosmic economy. It was proving very difficult!

Then, at an art-based lecture in our local cathedral, I saw several representations of the Annunciation with varied angels bringing God’s salvation message to Mary

The ideas drew together. If we believe in a God who created the cosmos, the angels, his messengers, would be unlikely to be mandated to confine their activity to earth! Would they not be ready to approach any sentient beings anywhere in the universe? So if they do carry messages elsewhere for that Creator (which does, of course, assume a probability that somewhere in the vastness of the universe there are such creatures of flesh - who will likely be totally different from us in appearance) the messages the angels carry will be consistent with those we have come to understand are those of our loving, just and all-wise God. Earth-centred experience of a mystical kind is shifted into a material cosmic arena. Hence the poem.

If you warm to the theme of the realm of God encompassing the whole of the known universe - and heaven, you might like to explore I Imagine The God Who Created the Cosmos

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'