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Friday, 2 March 2012

Zudey's Intergalactic Zoo (A frivolous interlude)

Coming to the end of a short vacation after a somewhat gruelling few months helping to care for a grandchild with lymphoma - now, thankfully, chased away by chemotherapy and a lot of prayer - it seemed a time to relax a little and post something more frivolous than anything so far on this blog.


This poem is the platform for a collection called 'Oddkreechers' which at some time, when there is more time to spare, I might post on a new website. It could be argued that the 'Oddkreechers' collection is consistent with the far more serious themes of this blog insofar as what we now know about the Universe and the plethora of planets within it, there is a high probability that one day we will find a planet that has life form(s) and we will then need to check our understandings in the light of that. This poem deals with how we might behave!


But let's not get too serious about justifying the inclusion of this bit of nonsense - and another 'Oddkreechers' verse that I'll publish during next week as that is a favourite of our grandchildren, among whom, our recovering grandson is a prime fan.


I hope you will enjoy it too.


Zudey's Intergalactic Zoo
 (Revised Autumn 2013  to take account of research since this nosense poem was originally written)



Zudey, lacking human friends

Decided he would search the ends

Of galaxy and universe
For animals which could converse
In ancient Algolese or swim,
As he liked to, in paraffin.

And as he sought such creatures rare,
He found, by chance, the Green Corvair.
Then later, on an exo-moon
He saw at play, the Solaboon.

Off Rigel, Squoddles squirmed in hordes
On Vega’s moon were Vellabordes.
Whilst chasing Deneb’s Delomache,
He realised in a blinding flash,
The race from which he’d turned away
Were willing, indeed keen to pay
To boast about what they had seen
(Like Solaboons and Corvairs Green)
At dinner parties with their neighbours:
So he commenced his mighty labours,
Enabling us, wonders to view
At Zudey’s Universe-wide Zoo
With details and full notes on source -
For astronomic fees, of course!

Other creatures from the Zoo can be found HERE But there are also less frivolous things on the blogsite, like Treasure Hunt, All of which, I hope you might enjoy

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'