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Friday, 17 July 2015

Enemy Fleet in Fulham Reach.



Since the abandonment of the wooden piers,
evocative of a past, stretching back
to when the most primitive boats were known,
this tidal thoroughfare grew sick
from the outpourings
of numberless, noxious, industrial flows.

Today, it is restored!
Dace, roach and perch
again find nourishment
from the cleaner stream,
as do a score of avian breeds.
It is a triumph to have achieved
a river so 'green'.

Yet, as the tide recedes
exposing messy, muddy banks,
swans, geese and ducks
battle their way between
a convoy of enemy craft, most dire!
Carelessly discarded cola bottles
free of their sugar-laden cargo,
surge on their inexorable way
towards a gigantic, malevolent gyre.

About this poem
 I have just spent a few days of waiting in Hammersmith/Fulham whilst Pam, my wife, has had a partial knee replacement. This afforded me an unusual amount of time to read and time to walk in a place I would not have expected to.
Much of the reading time was devoted to reading the Pope's recent Encyclical 'Laudato Si' with its strong themes of ecology and the almost certain effects of climate change on the world's poorest people. I am not a Roman Catholic but I found myself marvelling at the careful construction of the arguments, including the dangers of our western throwaway mentality, and the urgent need for change on many fronts. Although I do not agree with every section of the Encyclical, it does feel to me a prophetic document. It was in the wake of reading the 200+ paragraphs that I wrote 'Enemy Convoy at Fulham Reach' with its notionally absurd title!
But as I wrote this observational poem and read 'Laudato Si', I grew profoundly sad.
I know well that a huge number of Christian leaders will ignore this prophetic document JUST BECAUSE it emanates from Rome. That is, I feel really distressing and I can do little, except use this somewhat inconspicuous blog to invite any Christian leaders who might happen to read this, and will at this moment not have considered reading the Encyclical, to set aside their prejudices, to find a copy of it on the web and read it, mark it and inwardly digest it - and then to preach from it. For it seems to me that if a majority of believers in Christ heard forthright preaching about our responsibility to be thoughtful stewards of this, our wonderful planet, the course of history could surely be transformed - and successive generations be thankful that the Pope's prophetic call to action was heeded; just in time.

This is the latest of a number of ‘Care of the Planet’ poems on this blog. The full collection of them 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'