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Tuesday 5 December 2023


                                                    The Climate Concern tree 

at Landbeach Church Christmas Tree Festival 

(Near Cambridge UK)

With a large number of Christmas Tree Festivals in the UK and many other places here’s an idea that uses CLIMERICKS as a way of starting Climate Concern conversations. 

With the encouragement of a friend to make a display in a 40-ChristmasTree festival, I worked out that it might be possible to decorate a recycled cardboard tree with CLIMERICKS, suitably designed for the season. You can see the outcome above. The cards are straightforward insofar as they are A6 in  size so can be printed out 4 to a page on light card or fairly heavy paper. There are several websites that offer free borders and each card can feature either one of the growing collection of verses on this site: OR, better, this is an opportunity for you and/ or some members of an organisation who want to express their support for much greater impetus in climate change mitigation initiatives CAN PERHAPS WRITE THEIR OWN.

Here’s a specimen sheet using four of the CLIMERICKS already on the site, which have some relevance to Christmas in the 21st century.


Insert the CLIMERICKS you think most appealing to the people who will see them. Cut the card and mount the individual cards on the tree. In the ‘tree’ picture above the cards are stuck on but could be hung on a real Christmas tree OR on a single branch such as that shown below either for Christmas or for other seasons.
This would also be a very straightforward project for SCHOOLS once pupils are old enough to be able to produce CLIMERICKS. Displayed at an end of term concert, the tree, with its CLIMERICK decoration could provide parents with understandings of how their children perceive the present-day climate threat. Interesting family conversations and student to student exchanges could emerge.

If this idea commends itself to you, but you do not find it easy to write verse, the index button A - Z of CLIMERICKS will give you access to a growing collection of usable verses and if you want to understand more about other uses of CLIMERICKS, 

Friday 1 December 2023

In Dark, Dark skies.

Wonderful picture of Northern Lights 
and a myriad of stars
(From Pixabay)

In Dark, Dark skies. 


In dark, dark skies

behold five thousand stars:

and planets moving 

in their wandering paths.


Five thousand orbs

are all my eyes can see,

of many trillions

in the starry sea.


When darkness yields 

this glory to the light,

fresh wonder floods into

our waking sight


And from our star

stream light and energy

which bless our planet and us,

most generously.


And Saviour when,

our lives come near their end,

if we’re in darkness

light of heaven send 


But if earth should

erupt in dark and fear;

Lord, midst such terror 

bid that same light appear.



Tuesday 14 November 2023

Our Stewardship of The Planet: Our Nurturing Earth

It is easy to feel impotent when it comes to questions of our stewardship of Earth and its resources but you will not need to dig very deep into Climate change/ Climate chaos advice to see that many of the advocates for taking action say that one of the most effective ways which everyone engaged with the issue CAN do, is' keep the conversation going’. But that is not always easy.

So here’s an idea. whenever and wherever you are going to eat a Christmas meal, consider whether you are prepared to put this table-mat on every diner’s place.

If you are, you can find a version HERE  which will enable you to print A4 versions: then maybe, just maybe, the conversation will be be such that others will be moved to put pressure on parliamentarians and other national leaders to support ways of mitigating the present climate chaos. If a conversation does have that effect, you will indeed be making ‘A Gift that will last Earth for years'.

The verse on the mat is a CLIMERICK (CLimate Concern LiMERICK), an idea which is being developed on Eco-Verses, a companion blog to this one. You can find the purpose of CLIMERICKs by clicking HERE

Monday 6 November 2023

Designing Armaments. Abhorrent!

Free image from Pixabay bomb collection

Woman and child - Finis.

Designing Armaments. Abhorrent!

Designing armaments.



Manufacturing weaponry.



Arms trading.



Sending young people to battle-front annihilation.



Killing children, parents, the aged indiscriminately,

Reprehensibly Murderous!


Desecrating and destroying childhood.



Demolishing hospitals homes, and refuges,



All Shameful! Shameful! Shameful!


And among the most shameful.

those who make blood-money

out of such misery and destruction.

More on the same theme at Heap Shame

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Heap Shame on Manufacturers of Arms!

This free Pixabay image could be a child 
in so many theatres of war, 
no doubt terrified, 
grieving family or friends 
and desperate for his own life. 
This sonnet is 
to pour acrimony on the execrable trade
which makes such devastation possible.

Heap shame on manufacturers of arms,
whose shareholders profit from spleen, 
from scarred children, caught in between
mayhem and death wrought by sadist tsars.
Stir up those yearning for peace and calm
to brand this production obscene;
to find ways of curbing their resource streams, 
preventing them from fuelling the harms   

that accrue from the cesspools of foulness and hate,
and swamp the world with the bane
of the terrible trade we label ‘defence’; 
which further disgusts, by promoting vile rape  
in the wake of its products of shame.
Does God weep at such corporate offence?

Thursday 26 October 2023

With My Phone in My Hand


Image credit Pixabay free images

Sing or read this, holding your mobile phone - and maybe pray! 

(If you wish to sing - suggested tune: 

Nettleton – American folk song/

'Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing').

With My Phone in My Hand.

In my hand I hold vast knowledge
of God’s awesome universe:
from it I can seek out beauty
or deep darkness, hate and worse.
Focus me, Lord, on the Godly,
help me seek out truth not lies:
give me strength to shun distractions
that cause harm if I'm unwise.

Give me prudence when I’m spending,

help me to resist excess

that results in landfill fodder,

or in debt that brings distress.

Help me never to be spiteful
even when my anger’s raw.

Let me not become beguiled by

evil threads that foment war


Help me keep in mind the workers

risking life that I might be

well-connected by my touch-screen

to vast networks globally.

Help me question whether justice

flourishes or is suppressed:

see if families of those workers

thrive and grow, or are oppressed.


If I’m prone to chase trendsetters

help me, please to recognise,

when I click their lifestyle platforms

they’ll be geared to monetize!

So to deeper sites, Lord, guide me:

sites which help me understand

that great mystery, that great wonder:

You love me just as I am.

Always remember this last line.

You can listen to this song recorded by the Author by clicking : HERE

(c) Trevor Thorn October 2021.

The piano backing is a YouTube instrumental of ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing posted by Christian Hymns-Music: the link is

You can find a different angle on this same theme on this blog -which can be sung to “Streets of Laredo’. To access this, CLICK HERE “Lord Fill Me With Digital Wisdom'


Saturday 23 September 2023

Let The Cosmos Praise Its Maker (A Creationtide Welcome)

For Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October there is, on this blog, a daily posting of material to help reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.

I have chosen one of those daily themes, especially to welcome any reader who alights on this site from the display in St Mary’s Church, Fen Ditton on the Eastern edge of Cambridge UK. But other visitors are, of course, welcome too!

Other Creationtide material (the daily posts) can be accessed from the image in the right hand column. The display is an experiment and I hope you might be caught up in the wonder of our beautiful, but fragile planet and the glories of our amazing Universe. Thank you for coming here.

Starburst: by the author (acrylic)

Let the Cosmos praise its maker,
In its known and unknown tongues, 
Giving thanks for all existence
In its multitude of forms;
From immense to subatomic,
From primaeval to new-born.

All the fundamental forces
Dance before his heavenly throne, 
Giving praise with saints and angels 
For the mighty deeds he’s done; 
Bringing matter out of nothing 
As the universe was formed. 

Let us, as his much loved creatures
Seek how we might understand
All the glory of creation, 
All the beauty that he planned, 
And his cosmic gift, salvation 
Through Christ Jesus, God in man. 

This hymn/ song was written with the meditative tune in mind to which ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’ is usually sung (Picardy), and with the idea that it provides a short, thought-provoking time for reflection on the immensity of the cosmos and what that says about God.

It could equally well be sung as a celebratory song of the glory of the universe and there are numerous hymn tunes with 87.87.87 metre which could be used for this such as the well known 'Praise My Soul'

There are three lines of the song that warrant brief explanation for those not familiar with current scientific understandings.

 The expression 'known and unknown tongues’ is intended to allow not only for lesser known terrestrial languages but also for ‘ tongues' which may be used on planets or moons far beyond our amazing solar system. Thousands of stars are now known to have ‘exoplanets’ and ‘exomoons’ circling them similarly to our solar system, and many astronomers/cosmologists think it is more, rather than less likely, that some of these support life that thinks and communicates in ways comparable to the way we humans do.

The first line of the second verse, ‘All the fundamental forces’  could  easily refer to storms, winds and floods and it is likely most people will understand it as such. But it also has a more scientific meaning. In this sense it refers to the four fundamental forces. These are the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, the strong interactive force and the weak interactive force which between them hold matter in its place, from the component parts of atoms and molecules to galaxies.

Finally, the penultimate line of the song specifically points to the cosmic significance of Christ’s coming to us here on earth: this is a proposition which many thoughtful scientist/ Christians have written on persuasively and enthusiastically.

I hope this ‘shorthand’, note will encourage both those who use this language readily and enable those who don’t, to be drawn into the glorious mysteries of our faith, complemented by the scientific explorations and understandings of so many awe inspiring aspects of ‘our’ amazingly benign cosmos in which our planet has its being.

Further songs with similar faith and science themes can be found in the ‘Wonders of Creation’ found in the right hand column of this collection 

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Latin America

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Flowers At a Meal-time Table


Flowers at a Meal-time Table.

(Sheldon April 2023)


Flowers at a meal-time table,

beauty beside plate and bowl, 

illustrates an instinctive 

desire to nourish the soul. 


Uniqueness of each leaf and petal 

shows the Maker’s blest hallmark of worth,

a feast for the eye. as the body

is fed by the bounty of earth.


©Trevor Thorn. 2023

In April, we were on retreat at The Society of Martha and Mary, Sheldon near Exeter. At each meal-time there were small vases of flowers on the table which prompted this short poem which I dedicate to the women who served us so well during our week’s stay. The flowers on the table are always seasonal and the picture above was taken in September when this poem was posted.

Other poems of Beauty, Faith and Science can be found HERE

Tuesday 12 September 2023

A Song for The Workplace : When I Feel I’m Just a Number

(Can be sung to the tune Oriel)

When I feel I’m just a number   

Managers don’t know my name,

I can call out to my Saviour, 

He knows me and shares my pain.

I can call out to my Saviour,

He knows me and shares my pain.


When the day is fraught with pressure,

Targets changed capriciously,

I can take it to the Saviour,

ask for grace and energy.

I can take it to the Saviour,

ask for grace and energy.


When I find my work - life balance

Leaves me feeling I’m beset,

I can take it to the Saviour, 

seek the wisdom to re-set.

I can take it to the Saviour, 

seek the wisdom to re-set.


When co-workers use foul language,

Crude and even blasphemy,

I can plead before my Saviour,

‘Help them speak less violently.’

I can plead before my Saviour,

‘Help them speak less violently.’


If the company sheds workers

Casually or brutally,

I’ll entreat my loving Saviour,

‘Help me calm the agonies.’

I’ll entreat my loving Saviour

‘Help me calm the agonies.’


Thursday 17 August 2023

What are CLIMERICKS (Armchair protest on Climate Concern)


CLIMERICKS (CLImate emergency LIMERICKS) - If you’re not sure what constitutes a Limerick, Wikipedia has an excellent description that will enable you understand what this invitation is about.


No-one, in 2023, can deny we are experiencing extreme weather in many, many places.


There are at least 70 scientific disciplines and a similar number of respected National scientific institutes (such as the Royal Society and comparable bodies in other countries) that believe, from solid evidence, the pace of climate change is way faster than has ever happened in thousands of years of history. Those very responsible scientists and those institutions are clear that the present temperature rises causing these extremes and the related climate emergency are human induced.


Since there is such a consensus among so many respected institutions and scientists of so many faculties, it is near-unbelievable that anyone or any organisation is prepared to deny these trends. That smacks of denialism, blindness, vested interest, greed for the profits which still flow from the fossil-fuel based industries, disinformation and outright lies. This sinister activity is, terrifyingly, funded by huge investment from the right of the political spectrum. Responsible people who have a more visionary understanding cannot muster anything like the funding base for deniers and delayers of the need for urgent action and, in order to wake the population at large to the catastrophe which faces the world, some engage in protest which is sometimes disruptive and unpopular to those inconvenienced by it. Politicians in many countries, hoping to gain favour of the general public, are passing legislation to prevent legitimate peaceful protest. This at a time of unprecedented existential crisis and with the hideous connivance of right-wing media.


So is there a method which can massively raise awareness to the impending crisis, (which is a crisis of TODAY and not a future crisis, and by which time today’s power-brokers, deniers and delayers will no longer hold the power they do today)? Long-term targets for ‘Net Zero’ or other CO2 diminution are all fixed too far in the future, too late to be of serious help.


If you are concerned about this impending catastrophe which will make life increasingly difficult for everybody and every creature, you may well wonder what YOU can do. Well, here’s something very simple. Here’s an invitation to join CLIMERICKS.


CLIMERICKS have been devised to give voice to anyone concerned about the climate calamity we face. Here’s What to do.


1 Call up the Eco-verses site where you will find a growing collection of CLIMERICKS. You will find it at


2 call up at your favourite reliable NEWS Site and/or a reliable community website for your own home community


3 Look around the news site to see if there are any headlines about CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL, DELAY or the wilful obstuction of Climate change mitigation targets.


4 Look Round the Eco-verses/CLIMERICKS site to see if there is already a CLIMERICK that make that form of delay or denial a nonsense.


5 Either post that CLIMERICK as OR EVEN BETTER WRITE YOUR OWN and post it as widely as you can (If writing your own try and make them amusing but telling. Try not to be rude but make your verse as compelling as you possibly can). The CLIMERICK site has a growing collection of examples for you to model your writing on: you may get new ideas from there too! If you can inject hope into your CLIMERICK too, that will be brilliant. 


6 Invite those you know who want to show their support for early and wide-ranging climate chaos prevention to share your chosen or written CLIMERICK.


7 Send your chosen CLIMERICK to your MP, Local Councillors, Radio Stations and Any Civil Service department having input into Climate Change catastrophe politics. Send hard copies if you can afford it and Emails if you need to keep your costs of joining in, low. If you know how, overprint your CLIMERICK on a pertinent image and post it to whichever CLIMERICKS site you operate on. Let’s engulf all places where power is exercised with CLIMERICKS




THINK ON THIS: CLIMERICKS could become a place to express concern for 


ALL THOSE who care about the future of the planet and want urgent action, particularly -


·      Young people and especially any school or college Climate Advocates:

·      Mums to be and their partners:

·      All parents who care for their children’s future (and their own):

·      People in places threatened by and experiencing the fallout of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, unseasonal deep snow and other extreme weather:

·      Family members who have care of disabled, old and frail relations:

·      Anyone fearful for the planet’s future:

·      Anyone who cares about the impact of the Climate catastrophe on low income people:

·      Anyone who cares about the impact of the Climate catastrophe on those who inhabit low-lying lands:

·      Anyone frustrated by the inaction of politicians:

·      Anyone who assents to the Pope’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and wants to take action prompted by it:

·      Any members of the hero organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and similar organisations in other countries who want to supplement their existing brave protests:

·      People of faith who feel it is their call to be a steward of our beautiful planet:


Anyone who wants to join a life-saving initiative for a healthy planet -SOON.  

To see all CLIMERICKs posted to this blog so far, go to the Home page via your browser’s button. (more to come)

Heres a sample of using a letter to an MP


Home address



Lucy Fraser MP.


As one of your constituents, I wish to register my deep concern that your party leader has blatantly reneged on any sense of being concerned about the present human induced Climate Catastrophe.


In order to help me to understand how you stand as my MP, I would like to know your reaction to the following CLIMERICK (CLIMate concern limERICK).


Four brave people scaled wall and roof

to remind the PM of this truth:

Selling oil and gas stakes

Irredeemably breaks

His green promise: those stakes - damning proof.


Thank you,

Trevor Thorn





Wednesday 9 August 2023

Portfolio for Life. (When Fossil Fuels Have Been Comprehensively Shunned)

Image Pixabay edited

Portfolio for Life. (When Fossil Fuels Have Been Comprehensively Shunned)

When fossil fuels have been comprehensively shunned -

and they must be;


when the production and proliferation of armaments

are killed off -

as they need to be;


when the impossible pursuit of perpetual growth

Is accepted to be illusory -

for it clearly is;


and when greed is once more perceived to be 

corrosive and deadly;


then hope can blossom

and the love that lies at the heart of creation

burst into the Godly glory of global justice and peace.


Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos

Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos
Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos

Cascade of Stars and Gas (Imagined image: CGI)

Cascade of Stars and Gas (Imagined image: CGI)
Cascade of Stars and Gases. This image will take you to the meditation 'Deep Silence'

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

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.

Nativity Star (CGI)

Nativity Star (CGI)
Nativity Star: This image will link you to the collection of new Carols on this site. Also, the image can easily be copied onto an overhead acetate and used as a window decoration. Easy for children to achieve. Note the cross at the centre of the star.

Orange Galaxy

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

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 Icon 7 Summerflower

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

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

Celtic cross candle (Photo)

Celtic cross candle (Photo)
Celtic Cross and candle' linked to the poem 'Awesome, Wonderful Creator'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

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'

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy
This is the mask which was moulded to my face to ensure the radiotherapy I had in April 2017 was precisely targeted. You can read more by clicking on the image

Double Celebration

Double Celebration
Pam, who has been magnificent in caring for me since my Cancer diagnosis in October and I celebrate the end of Radiotherapy and our 36th Wedding Anniversary (Note the return of some hair!). Click on the image to read about the treatment - and waiting.

St Neots Sunset (Photo)

St Neots Sunset (Photo)
Surrounded by beauty: Whie 'Evolution and Beauty' became one of the most viewed poems on this blog, Pam, my wife took this gorgeous picture of a sunset over the flatlands of Cambridgeshire UK. Click on it to go to the poem

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015
Gabriel began the Christmas story with his visit to Mary. The story is told in our Christmas collection in the Carol, Go to Nazareth My Great Messenger. Click on this image to take you there.

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)
IMAGINARY IMAGE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY: Click on this his imaginary 'Maple Leaf Nebula' to take you to a poem entitled 'Nebula' (image not to be confused with NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula which is also known as the Maple Leaf)

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016
Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)
First posted here on Adomnan’s day (23rd September) 2015. An imagined natural phenomenom that could be seen to resonate mystically with the idea of Iona being a ‘thin place’ where heaven brushes earth.

Assisi Sunset

Assisi Sunset
Assisi Sunset

Thinking about the Brain

Thinking about the Brain
This image is formed from a small section of neural pathways posted by the Koch Institute, clipped, part inverted and stitched together. It is intended to impart a sense of our extensive, but still partial understanding of what goes on in that awesome part of our bodies, our brains. By clicking on the image, you will be taken to a celebratory poem/song ‘For Amazement by Beauty’ about all of our senses.

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)
Source: Expand the image to reveal its heart

Rainbow spiral (CGI)

Rainbow spiral (CGI)
'Rainbow Spiral' to accompany 'Darkness,Illuminator' . Find the poem by clicking on the iImagined mage

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'