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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Greetings From a Nephew

Words! Dictionaries around our home - see footnote.
It goes without saying that I love words: I would hardly run a blog of this kind unless I did! Part of the joy of writing is to find the wording that exactly describes the idea you want to convey – and that is not always easy, particularly if the words needed feel outside the realm of day-to-day vocabulary. Thankfully, it is often possible to use verse to weave together words that would feel uncomfortable in a prose piece and to enjoy it when others have done the same, to moving effect.

So I, my brother and sister-in-law and several others were delighted to be sent the following short verse by my nephew, who made a fleeting visit from Vancouver to the UK at the end of last year to celebrate his mum’s ‘big 0’ birthday - and managed to spend time with a number of friends and family before jetting off again.

I’m delighted that Simon is happy to have his verse reproduced here. Thank you Simon.

We walk so briefly
Upon this earth,
Mere moments in the enormity of time.

To have the accompaniment of you on this jaunt
However momentary,
Makes the stars a little brighter,
The wondrous that much more wonderful.


©Simon Thorn 2017

The dictionaries pictured above are a 1773 Johnson’s Dictionary (2 volumes bound together): a 1932 edition of The New English Dictionary (Odhams): an Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of 1975 (Book Club Association edition) and a 9th edition Concise Oxford Dictionary of 1995.

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'