Category Archives: Geography

Pilots’ Significant UFO Sighting and Earliest American Footprints Found

Hot on the heels of my last Folding Mirror poem contrasting space flight with early American indigenous humans there’s new story developments on the UFO and first Americans front. These are true news stories, so score very low on the parodymeter.

UFO to Floor American West Explore

ABC News  received audio of pilots reporting a bright fast craft shooting above them over Arizona last month, but more recently reported, which didn’t show up on radar, and was unknown to the controller. One plane reported to the controller and then another did after being asked to look out for it by the controller. Pilots of different planes and a controller are great witnesses, although there are no images.

Linked to that article, and on National Geographic, footprints have been found in Alaska, North America dated to 13,000 years ago: the earliest yet found. It supports the time and place for the dominant paradigm theory of migration to the continent.

I posted sixteen photos on National Geographic Your Shot this year, inspired by my Iceland photos. They have some creative titles and descriptive explanations for all diehard fans of my writing… especially greenYgreyliens, greenYgreyologists and AAWs!

I’ve been thinking of promoting all greenYgreyliens to greenYgreyologists, as you’ve been with me so long now. What do you think? Status Quo or Promotion?

 

Mirror Poem Contrasts Jupiter Space Missions with Amazon Spirituality Traditions

This poem was inspired by a few news stories this week, some of which I’ve already written about on here and my other travel25years.wordpress.com blog. I guess it started on Saturday with the latest NASA’s Unexplained Files, which is a repeat on the Quest channel from 2016.

Jupiter’s Moons Space Missions

It had a feature about Jupiter’s moons having a good possibility of life inside their icy oceans, and mentioned some trips are planned. I looked it up today and that inspired the top half of the poem. The good news is there are two planned, the bad news is they are not due to send back info until 2033! I think that shows why we haven’t found life beyond our planet yet, as we can hardly reach anywhere in our solar system, and it takes so long. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. The space scientists are amazing people, and achievements in my lifetime have been incredible.

A little Doctor Jekyll and Hyde wordplay fun developed in lines 3 and 7!

Amazon Ayahuasca Spirit Animals

I thought of contrasting it with an Amazon bottom half after seeing an article on MSN today about over eighty new human settlements found there where the Amazon jungle has been cleared. Of course that’s a bittersweet story. Like the new finds at Tikal and elsewhere, I hope it doesn’t mean more deforestation.

I started off thinking I’d have Amazon as the final word, mirroring Ariane, the rocket set to carry the European Space Agency’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft (Wikipedia). NASA also has a mission planned at the same time. However, it developed into a spiritual journey path, with Amazon’s centrality to the lower half more mirroring Jupiter’s centrality to the top half in line 4. Ariane is better reflected by ayahuasca, which traditionally provides the propulsion for spiritual flight journeys to the tribal people.

The middle folding lines provide a little personal info. The year 3302 BC reflectively mirrors the year when the mission hopes to send back info, and is otherwise random, but there probably were tribal people on spiritual journeys there 5000 years ago, if they arrived on the continent 13,000-20,000 years ago as thought, and mentioned here in the last blog post.

The two images are taken from another MSN article about finding alien life this century. The top one has a POP (PinkyOrangePurple) look, as well as the yellow sun, while the bottom one is old-fashioned greenygrey in colour, with a modern design, and the alien doing a Y!

A Human Astronaut Making First Contact With A Reptoid Alien Being. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Searching Icy Moons, Mind Inside Surface

Ariane
piece of the plan
lifting JUICE dock to GEC
Jupiter’s moons
Ganymede, Europa, Callisto
but one full moon
will hide
volcanic Io
AD 2033
what a year that could be

current-year of retirement if alive, two years after original sixty-five

flying with spirit birds in history
3302 BC
Shamanic journey
now lost
to all but theory
Capybara, Eagle, Gecko
Amazon tribes
CEG reached by BREW drinking
peace of the plant
Ayahuasca

Alien Fresh Jerkey Baker, CA, a depiction of a Alien and Extraterrestrial Life. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

The above poem is like a more specific version of SAGAS (Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space), the opening poem of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections and previously previewed on this site way back in 2012. It’s hard to believe I hadn’t met Quest then!

242 Mirror Poems and Reflections by [Latham, Marc]

Mirror Poem Travels Two Mountain Ranges Railways

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by train journeys on the trans-Pennine and traws-Cambrian railway lines.

Pennines and Cambrian Mountains

They traverse a couple of mountain ranges either side of the English-Welsh border, which is historically marked by Offa’s Dyke in the lowland Marches.

The railway journey links the east and west coasts of Britain, so is quite monumental, and should make a relevant mirror poem. Here it is:

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Train Journey Rise and Fall, Either Side of Offa’s Dyke

English east coast
Scarborough Yorkshire Coast queen
steaming south through Malton to York
Leeds, Huddersfield and Dewsbury
West Yorkshire canals and mills
trans-Pennine
often white in winter
villages high on hills
Stalybridge signals
City of Manchester
stadium seen before centre

South West to Shrewsbury, Welshpool past Halfway House

castle visible from town
Powis county name
Newtown notifies
farms rising in altitude
sometimes grey clouds hidden
traws-Cambrian
Mid Wales rivers and farms
Caersws, Machynlleth and Dovey
riding parallel Estuary widens to Borth
Aberystwyth Cardigan Bay pier
Welsh west sea

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Poem about Viewing Mount Everest after Asthma Hike

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was written early in November, with some wheezes reminding him of his past asthma, and how it was usually most troublesome as summer passed to autumn and winter.

He was reminded of the poem when watching the Endeavour: Everest trilogy of old documentaries this week. The third one, about the first balloon flight over Everest, was based in Gokyo village, the destination for Marc’s trek. They are available to watch on BBC Online until 22.44 GMT on Monday (unfortunately only in the U.K. I think).

Everest View Poem after Wheezing Asthma

As last year’s asthma passed, Marc appreciated breathing deeply while exercising, and that inspired this poem. That burst of inspiration lasted for five lines of the poem, and then the rest of the poem was created while writing it.

The last time Marc took the asthma inhaler was early in the October 2009 Gokyo-Ri (5,357 m, 17,575 ft above sea level) hike. So the rest of the first half of the poem developed into describing that.

The second half of the poem became one imagining a conversation with Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

Marc has more Nepal photos on Google+

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Asthmatic Achievement, Mountain Magnificence

stand tall
breathe deep
scan 360 horizon
gorge fresh clear air
savour accomplishment
feeling gratitude to be alive
I thought A day I’ll never forget

after climbing Gokyo Ri, Mount Everest shouted loudly

It thundered I’m the highest of all
I heard my climbers exclaim
proudest achievement
for me and them
steep 90 angle
we celebrate
our nature

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

New Mirror Poetry Book Reviewed for Publication

Great news on the Folding Mirror book publishing front, as Marc Latham’s 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections was just sent to Kindle for review. It should be available soon if given the okay.
Here’s the book’s description:
Amazon Description
242 is Dr. Marc Latham’s second poetry collection, after the first one was published by Chipmunka in 2009. The first collection contained poems written by Marc from his youth to the creation of the Folding Mirror form, while this book focuses on the FM form recognised by Lewis Turco in his definitive ‘The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms’.
Caroline Gill, an award-winning poet whose ‘Thalatta, Thalatta’ Folding Mirror poem was used as an example in ‘The Book of Forms’ provides an introductory explanation of the Folding Mirror form at the start of this book.
This book contains 121 Folding Mirror poems created in three years by Marc Latham as he tried to make sense of the universe and life’s place in it. They are supported by 121 reflections relevant to the poems’ themes.
The seven chapters reflect the wide spectrum of issues and topics covered, being divided into: personal-psychological (containing thirty-four poems and thirty-four reflections), social (19-19), culture (15-15), literary (12-12), nature (30-30), travel (6-6) and space (5-5).
The poems and reflections were inspired by the deepest thoughts of a PhD graduate and world traveller, and his new research and observations on the above subjects. Before and during his world travels and university education, Marc was inspired by Romantic and Beat poets, Rock musicians and other writers and journalists who have trawled the mind for self-analysis while searching for knowledge about human nature.
Marc’s first collection featured bipolarity and ADHD in the title, and included several poems inspired by them. These topics feature again in this collection, with the poet finding the mirror form especially conducive for bipolarity poetry.
From his position in the average age’s middle-age, Marc’s poems and reflections in this collection stretch from humanity’s prehistoric past to our current space exploration and prospective future, while also comparing us with the animal world, and tackling the important social and environmental problems of the present.
Having focused on hegemony theory in his doctoral research, Marc uses his poetry to try and break through the cultural ‘norms and accepted truths’ of the modern monotheistic world to highlight alternative realities that could possibly improve conditions for plant, animal and human life.
Marc uses the two sides of the Folding Mirror poem to show at least two sides of arguments and issues, with the folding line in the middle either connecting or dividing the two halves.
There is also time for beauty and comedy amongst the digging and depression, and some poems and reflections provide colourful light-heartedness to lift the mood.
Several of the poems posted as reflections were written while Marc undertook a 100-mile trek to view Everest in the Nepalese Himalayas.
It is hoped that as well as entertaining the reader, the poems and thoughts will support the preservation of life and nature, and improve human understanding of itself and the world.

Poem about North South Sky Space Constellations

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Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has space constellations as its subject. Some constellations can only be seen in either the northern or southern hemisphere sky on Earth. Others can be seen from all over the planet, but in the opposite seasons of the two hemispheres (e.g. summer in the north and winter in the south).
As winter becomes spring in the north, and summer becomes autumn in the south, constellations such as Orion, Taurus and Gemini will be leaving the night sky, and constellations such as Cancer, Leo and Lynx will become visible again.
The poem was recently inspired by the BBC’s Orbit documentary, and was mainly researched on the Dome of the Sky website. Here’s it is:
Constellations of the North and South
North Pole darkest skies
have exclusive views for eyes
Camelopardus, Cepheus, Cassiopeia,
only seen from Earth’s northern hemisphere
Triangulum, Ursa-Major, Draco
are another trio
Anquila, Antlia, Auriga,
northern spring, summer, autumn, winter
straddle the equator, visible to all, signifying seasons
southern autumn, winter, spring, summer
Vela, Virgo, Vulpecula
travel way below
Triangulum-Australe, Norma, Dorado
visible solely in planet’s southern section
Circinus, Crux, Chamaeleon,
tell astronomers they observe space
South Pole night-time face
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk)

British Summertime Greys Limit Harmful UV Rays

Cloudy Day at The Beach
Image by StarMama via Flickr
Sun is Strange,
Rain is Rare,
Cloud is Consistent,
Dryness can be persistent.
In what has been forecast to be a mostly cloudy few days in the UK, Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem dwells on this dull but calm type of weather, which is probably the norm in Britain, but because of its uneventfulness often passes unremembered.
This is the essence of Greenygrey.  Here is the poem:
Times of Dry
Sunshine
about time.
Where have
you been?
Once,
in a month
of Sundays,
I bask under
your golden rays.
dry cloudy normality
Ice water drops
drain my day,
stopping play.
Pours on weekend.
Actually,
it seems
wetter than
reality is.
Rainfall.