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Friday, 22 February 2013

‘The Cabin of Deep Oceanograhy’: Part 2 of ‘The Cosmic Labyrinth’


In the last forty-eight hours, our collective attention has been steered to the wonders of the deep. Here again, courtesy of the 'RRS James Cook’ and its multi-talented crew we are introduced to mysteries that could scarce be dreamed of, except perhaps in the minds of oceanographers, marine biologists, deep sea geologists and science fiction writers. And if we pause to think on these wonders, we are, perhaps drawn to ask the questions ‘Why?’ as well as ‘How?'
This continuation of ‘The Cosmic Labyrinth’ celebrates in a very small way, these new discoveries in the Caribbean depths.
The posting starts with a change in the labyrinth’s path and moves into the ocean as a prelude to that celebration. The first part of the poem which will grow further over the next few weeks can be found Part 1 below, together with this second section.

What change! The path now drifts
as a deep, slow river
and I am rafted in the current’s flow.
The banks coruscate with blue and purple flora.
Here, more a refuge
than many to which I might, on this itinerary, go.
As I meander on, midst shameful plastic dross galore,
I reach at last the mysterious ocean’s waste-strewn shore.

The Cabin of Deep Oceanography
A plunge of unfathomable depth
and discomforting rapidity;
darkness and dense suspensions denying sight.
Scarce energy is spent
to probe for unknown wonders,
strange eyeless creatures, disorienting contours,
uncanny, boiling vents
veiled utterly from e’en the faintest glimpse of light.
And midst the bleak, sub-zero, barren blackness
is life unfathomable to our reason’s bounds
where energy derives from startling sources
miles, miles beneath the surface where the ocean pounds

Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE

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'