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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

'Sunlight on Stone' by Joanna Tulloch.

Joanna’s watercolour ‘Creation’ 
resonates with her poem,
 in the sense of being full of light

In writing poetry, largely about science and faith, inevitably the subject of light is never far from one’s thoughts: the wonder of it; the effects of it; the way our eyes and brain process it and the vital part it plays in the lives of all of us who are blessed with vision (even if that may be somewhat impaired). Given that preoccupation, it was not surprising that when Joanna, the author of the following poem gave me a copy of her book ‘A Reflection of God’, whilst we were recently both on retreat at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire, this caught my eye.

'Sunlight on Stone' by Joanna Tulloch.
The Spring sun
falling on a stone,
revealing its brightness
more than it can
yet bring it warmth;
but it is sunlight
from an unclouded sky,
and even the stone
can show it and reflect it,
even the stone
begins to shine.

How many years
of human language
would you have to teach it
before this stone
would start to speak?
Yet it takes only sunlight
and a little silence,
it takes but a moment
to make it expressive:
even the stone
is taught to talk.

There was a stone
heavy and forbidding
barring the entrance
to the tomb in the garden
where he’d been laid to rest;
they feared
to have to move it
but the light of glory
had already flung it wide:
even the stone
made way for life.

Am I a stone
that these things
fail to move me,
that my tears
don’t flow for you
and for the others
you died and rose to save?
Teach me to reflect you,
to make your light my language,
and even this stone
shall shine, and speak, and live.


© Joanna Tulloch
You can buy a copy of Joanna’s book, ‘Reflections of God’ directly from the publishers via this link 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

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'