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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A Cosmic Labyrinth Part 5 (Country Path & Communications Technologies)


This is the fifth part of a composite poem which charts various pathways each of which ends at a resting place which gives the traveller an opportunity to pause and gain a tiny insight into one of the sciences or technologies that shape our lives today. The havens are, therefore, transitory themselves as every science is moving too fast for all but the most dedicated to fully comprehend. At the end of this section is a guide to the previously published parts and the full version. I hope some of what is written will resonate with your own experience.

A Country Path
I am delighted now to brief, bestride
a broad grassed country trail.
Wild flowers abound, some forehead high
others so minute, they almost fail
to be observed as I tread keenly on:
revelling in a balmy summer sun
which draws out butterflies, brief here, then gone;
provokes aromas in a hedgerow, gunned
by gorse, aiming its seeds far beyond
the confines of the bank on which it grows,
to claim new territory for its kin,
in hope that no-one either ploughs or sows
in that new colony: a hope so slim,
for to humans, land-yielding oft is woe.

All about me, beauty prevails.
As I imbibe this flood of glory,
I wonder at its provenance.
Evolution makes so much sense
Yet seemingly cannot advance
the totality of this magnificent story.

The Hub of Communications Technologies
Relentlessness appears to rule in this roost,
words, tunes, images set to fly
invisibly and with increasing rapidity
from A, B, C, to G, H, I
and well beyond.
Potentially the whole world echoing
vibrating to the sound of massive viral drum
that demands, titillates,
or simply provokes curiosity
and maybe wastes time –
or renders one, upon an instant dumb.
Planned Time Out, perhaps a lesson to be learned
in this particular school,
to be a restorative from the tempestuous wave-forms
of the global messaging pool.

I need to learn, I need to rest,
But I am beckoned on, I cannot stay.

You will find all five parts of A Cosmic Labyrinth so far published  here

OR read a part at a time For Part 2 - Deep Oceanography Click here
For Part 3 - Climatology Click here
For Part 4 - Wormhole and Astrophysics Click here
Part 1 (Nanotechnology) is now only available at the beginning of the full entry, for which, click here

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'