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New Poem and Christmas Book Marketing

We’ve got another Folding Mirror poem from Marc Latham today. Marc’s second collection of poetry, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections, featuring 121 mirror poems and 121 other poems and thoughts is available to order on Amazon in book and kindle form, with Amazon recommending this week as the best time to order if you want to miss the Winter Solstice Christmas rush. Anyway, thanks for visiting and spending time here, and here’s the latest poem:
Freefalling
Freefalling (Photo credit: EvaliaMagic)
Learning to Fly, Remembering to Swim
Do what mind tells body
when drawing you to edge
and you’ll fall to oblivion.
Jumping with a parachute
isn’t normal for humanity
we must remember to pull.
sky views are new, deep diving is old
Inhale exhale keep mask clear
underwater life isn’t natural
landlubber not an amphibian.
Ancestors dived deep for sponge
weights helped divers go deeper
never beyond breathing bends danger.
Fotografía hecha en Playa del Carmen, México, ...
Fotografía hecha en Playa del Carmen, México, en un lugar llamado Tortugas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).
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Poem about Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Felix Baumgartner‘s triple world-record-breaking twenty-four mile balloon journey into space, and 9-minute (540 seconds) free fall back to Earth, during which he became the first human to break the sound barrier without a vehicle. Here it is:
Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartner
Red Bull Stratos – Felix Baumgartner (Photo credit: cattias.photos)
Balloonist Baumgartner, Flying Felix
I’m going home
to the only place I’ve known
it’s twenty-four miles away
but it’s straight all the way
no bends, lights or diversions
distractions, stations or merging
just falling and spinning
breaking sound barrier, entering Earth’s atmosphere
pulling chute and landing
sunshine, horizon and sky
warm desert, friends of Earth
it’s just the way I remember
before five-forty seconds fall
from the highest a balloonist’s been
feeling so humble
Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartner
Red Bull Stratos – Felix Baumgartner (Photo credit: cattias.photos)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

 

Felix Baumgartner Shows the Value of Bog All – Humanity

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Wow, we’re still buzzing here from Felix Baumgartner‘s amazing space jump from 128,000 feet, where he became the:

Off the coast of Pusan, South Korea: An F/A-18...
Off the coast of Pusan, South Korea: An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151) breaks the sound barrier in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. VFA-151 is deployed aboard USS Constellation (CVN 64). This is an edited version (reduced grain). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. first human to break through the sound barrier unaided, going faster than the speed of sound
  2. made the highest freefall
  3. became the highest manned balloon flight.

We’ve been on Earth so long now that it’s hard to be amazed, but that was amazing in so many ways:

  1. Felix’s view from the capsule ladder was amazing
  2. When he jumped  off it was vicariously amazing
  3. When he seemed to be spinning out of control it was amazingly scary
  4. When he regained control and opened the parachute it was an amazing relief.

    The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER
    The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER (Photo credit: matthewwu88)

Why, Marc Latham, who has also been on Earth a long time, and got some personal buzzes from Flamingo Land rides and a short-flight this year, described it as ‘probably the moon-landing moment of my life’, after he’d grown up seeing the drama and history of Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and then learning about how dangerous and ground-breaking it was.

English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder ...
English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder on the lunar module. Polaroid image of slow scan television monitor at Goldstone Station. Nasa image S69-42583. Русский: Нил Армстронг спускается по лестнице из лунного модуля. Изображение, снятое на Polaroid с экрана монитора во время медленного просмотра на станции Голдстоун. Изображение NASA S69-42583. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beauty of Earth and its Bog – All Open Spaces

And we must admit it is an even greater achievement than our solo google maps ramble across North America, and Grey’s even soloer google maps ramble across Oz.

The slang observant amongst you might have noticed the BOGOL play on words in yesterday’s episode of the Werewolf of Oz. As well as being a play on words with BOGOF, BOGOL is also a contraction of bog-all, which a web slang dictionary describes as: ‘Noun. Nothing, or a total lack of. E.g.”We’ve bog all chance of winning without our captain and best player.” ‘

Although the Australian Outback and Northern Territories might not have many famous landmarks to an overseas visitor, and so we made a joke of it, that of course means there’s lots of unspoilt nature, as well as some interesting human communities.

Australian Outback: Mount O'Connor, a mesa bet...
Australian Outback: Mount O’Connor, a mesa between Alice Springs and Uluru Français : Paysage de l’outback. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And all that open space can be useful for human exploration and discovery, both physical and mental, as the Felix Baumgartner team used so well in and above the American desert yesterday… and which Kerouac and Cassady travelled by mind and motor over sixty years ago, before it was written up in the On The Road book.

And don’t worry, Grey found lots of interesting things in the Oz outback, as old Werewolf of Oz fans will no doubt know, and new ones will discover…

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