Sun is not just our light-giving fireplace.
Without it’s gravity,
Earth would hurtle alone:
a lifeless rock through space.
Believe what you want,
nobody knows for sure,
and the unknowable today,
will certainly be yesterday tomorrow…
Just a raindrop on Earth’s top,
where we land not sky’s plot,
supposed to help planet sort,
what is living from what is not.
I wish I knew all the trees;
by name not disease;
their branches, leaves, seeds;
and what they’re saying with ease in breeze.
First posted last night, and others just now; letter count fitted for colourful backgrounds; on Facebook.
Our 1 brain’s always different
1 day to another
like our sun 1 planet and its weather
There’s sooooooo much happening in sky,
I can’t remember why,
we’re all wound up going round – round
down on ground!
1 2 1 w’ sun
clouds curtain call
could be stellar nursery
move so serenely, I SAY ‘I C, I C’
*skain: combining sky-brain I thought the compound sounded familiar, and skane has relevance for the poems, being an endonym for the southern part of Scandinavia and over to Britain in Scotland.
Finding endonym is also relevant to the above poems, as its meaning is a localised term, as my brain/mind is only my / my only locality.
If you like the above poems and explanations; reminiscent of the greenYgrey’s rambles glory days; then there’s loads more in my books on Amazon.
I wanna be* Proxima Centauri
cos it looks really starry
somewhere new to be
away from humanity.
Nearest neighbour to our sun
a little star sibling having fun
nothing new to learn
just turn, turn, turn…
*Anarchy in the UK opening by Sex Pistols – inspiration then, not now!
Some great pretty gYgPOP (Warhol etc inspired greenYgrey PinkyOrangePurple) post-Impressionist (Turner etc) art and informative explanations make this exciting astronomical discovery pleasurable escapist reading – sure wish I could go there! Setting off today…!!
I was thinking that yesterday’s video of the green shape docking at the ISS and Soyuz (which is what looked cross-shaped) could also be interpreted as the greenYgrey (the shape is described as yellow in another YouTube video) saying goodbye to humanity, as it was from 2014, when the greenYgrey was already on its XaW Files journey, in its final year on Earth, which included time in greenYgrey space above Russia!
Chemical Elements Mirror Poem
I thought the supporters of the above theory could be called the Enola Gays, remembering the song Enola Gay by the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, wordplaying on the En start and ys end, with Gays also having a G like Grey, and the a and e are interchangeable, such as between American and English spelling.
However, when I looked the song up I realised it was about the plane that carried the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, so I think we should leave that there.
Ironically, atomic energy does have relevance to my new Folding Mirror poem, but only in being scientific in a chemistry way. As Wikipedia writes: ‘chemical element is a species of atoms having the same number of protons in their atomic nuclei.’
Wordplay Humour Poetry
Having watched Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator for the first time yesterday, when I first saw boron I thought it made a good blended word for Borat and moron, remembering Cohen’s other character.
I also thought it was weird his character had made his name into a lot of words in their language, after I’d written earlier that day about the greenYgrey family of words. Its not the first time our humour has crossed paths!
I liked the movie, although the humour’s lost the sparkle of the early stuff, but is still good. Having watched that and the even funnier Ted2 recently, I wonder why some people in Blighty get all high n’ mighty about my writing! I’m like the Simpsons to them being like South Park!!
It was also good to see the female stars having enough of a sense of humour to laugh at themselves in both movies, as I am about myself, and show my humility, as in the word explanation below the poem.
Anyway, enough about politically incorrectness, and time for the poetry and to introduce a couple of lovely images I found with lots of greenYgrey letters relevance, and great gYgPOP (greenY[ellow]greyPinkyOrangePurple) colours.
Chemical Elements, Wordplay Ingredients
Iron Beryllium, Gold Vanadium
cosmic ray spallation
scattering energy space
creating human race
supernovae seem rare
from where we stare
on our awesome planet
free of those trying to ban it
found boron in codeword grid, without knowing what letters hid
unlocked box full of chemical elements
eye candy mental sentiments
mesmerising my eye sense
enlightening by fluorescence
stimulating further learning
planning on returning
deep breath relaxation
Most of the above science is new to me, although some ring a bell, such as Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium (Nirvana!), Nitrogen, Oxygen, Iron, Gold etc.
Wikipedia list of chemical elements: Boron is B5. Beryllium is Be4, Iron is Fe26. Vanadium is V23, Gold is Au79 – a gold AAW connection relevance!
If you need to research any words there’s the Free Online Dictionary. I checked fluorescent, thinking I knew basically what it meant, but not exactly. I was right, I didn’t know that fluorescence is light passed on from another light source, and is different to phosphorescence in that its light goes out straight away once the original light goes out.
Today’s a special day for Christians, and I think Jesus provided a good overall example, criticising humanity’s greed and sacrificing his need. This latest Folding Mirror poem probably has a little Christian inspiration in looking at humanity’s development of technology positively, in that we are willing to produce something that will be superior to us in some ways.
Folding Mirror Poem Ins and Outs
After using bittersweet recently I thought I should have written it’s in the greenYgrey family of terms, as is the Ins and Outs of the title above. I’ve heard tit-for-tat a lot recently, and that’s another greenYgrey one – one term featuring two contrasting words.
The lines of this quite simple poem, compared to the last one, rhyme in the following line, and those two lines also start with the same letter; something I thought of doing along the way, after the first four lines worked like that automatically.
The triangle symbol may have been inspired by watching the latest NASA’s Unexplained Files (repeat from 2016) on Quest last night, with a mysterious triangle/diamond shaped old-fashioned greenygrey shape seen docking on the ISS (International Space Station), which looks like a cross. A greenYgreyology interpretation could be a greenYgrey Christian birth? Video of it from YouTube posted at end of the blog.
Advancing in Numeration, Nurturing of Automation
living in the zone
life by smart phone
no time for reality
never considering impartiality
wise for fun time
without reaching sublime
above will seem IA∇, ℑAI shows the way
humanity will advance
hedging back seat chance
providing evidential humility
poor relation in productivity
only time will tell
of heaven or hell
∇ Independent Archaic (archaic – old-fashioned) – my term to reflect AI. The special character is the apt ‘backward difference’, fitting in with how humanity may seem in the future according to AI now defeating humanity in many tests/games/creativity, and set to widen the gap in the future.
ℑ Artificial Intelligence. The special character is the apt ‘imaginary part’ – took a little while searching through many of the 255 of them before choosing it.
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!
Searching Icy Moons, Mind Inside Surface
piece of the plan
lifting JUICE dock to GEC
Ganymede, Europa, Callisto
but one full moon
what a year that could be
current-year of retirement if alive, two years after original sixty-five
flying with spirit birds in history
to all but theory
Capybara, Eagle, Gecko
CEG reached by BREW drinking
peace of the plant
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!
Hi, exciting news on the book publishing front, with 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections nearing completion for Amazon Kindle. Here’s the cover and contents:
Table of Contents
1. Personal – Psychological
1. Sagas: Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space
Reflection: Understanding and Meaning.
2. Hopes Rise With the Sun
Reflection: Narcissism and Ego.
3. Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion
Reflection: Social Fantasy and Maintaining Interest.
4. Adrift in Unnavigable Oceans: Sodium Chloride
Reflection: Thoughts on Class.
5. Night is a Part of Day
Reflection: Perceptions of Sunrise and Sunset.
6. See Below Sea
Reflection: What People Show in Society.
7. I Am What You See, But You Are Not Me
Reflection: How Words Change with Travel.
8. Orbital Perceptions
Reflection: Doors of Perception, Time and Space.
9. Koala(ity) on a Eucalyptus Tree at Sunset
Reflection: Communicating in Modern Society.
10. Driving Through the Desert
Reflection: Living in the Void.
11. Tale of the Weakness Tail
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
12. Human and Society Chicken and Egg
Reflection: Getting Even.
13. Mine Bipolar Mind
Reflection: Bipolar Mind.
14. All Cooper
Reflection: Benefits of self-analysis.
15. Climbing Over the Hill
Reflection: Is Middle-Age Purgatory?
16. Middle-Age Memories
Reflection: Our Age is One of Great Importance.
17. Living in the Middle-Ages
Reflection: Middle-Age Choices.
18. The Futility of Life and Death
Reflection: Vampires are all in the Mind.
19. Art of Humanity
Reflection: Travelling with Janis Joplin.
20. Summer’s Sunset Soliloquy
Reflection: Strength and Death.
21. Between Times of Fantasy
Reflection: Creatures of Habit.
22. Multitasking Melody
Reflection: Walking Around the Mountain.
23. Not Love, Gnat Empathy
Reflection: Dangers of Bipolar Highs.
24. Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming
Reflection: Old Flames.
25. Inner Strength, Mental Health
Reflection: Thought of Rioting.
26. Dying to Live, Living to Die
Reflection: Life is Like…
27. Life has More Meaning than Death
Reflection: Making the Most of Depression.
28. Y Green and Grey Go Together
Reflection: Funny Farm Sounds a Laugh.
29. I Can See Through You, Why Don’t People Understand Me?
Reflection: Social Masks.
30. Space Brain Becoming Plain
Reflection: Thoughts Beyond Vision.
31. As each second of the present passes…
Reflection: Living the life extraordinary.
32. Blue Skies, Delta Blues
Reflection: Striatum Controls Desire.
33. Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
Reflection: Vicious Circle.
34. Inside Out
Reflection: How Society Controls Thought and Individuality.
35. Railway Line Division Vision
Reflection: Ballad of a Young and Old Hobo.
36. When Life Looked into the Mirror of Death
Reflection: Facing the Reality of Humanity.
37. Sacrifice and Celebration
Reflection: Passing of Time.
38. Humanity is the Filter of the World
Reflection: Trying to Like Humanity.
39. PEACE DAY POEM
Reflection: Life and Soul on Golden Wings.
40. British Electorate Reunite Long Lost Political Twins
Reflection: Red Sky at Night or Morning.
41. Libran Scales
Reflection: Spin or Sorry.
42. Remembrance Day Poem
Reflection: War for Freedom?
43. The God PiL
Reflection: Punk Thoughts Time Cycle.
44. Twist and Shake the Snake
Reflection: Reward or Complaint.
45. For God’s Sake
Reflection: Life and Death Mystery Tour.
46. Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Reflection: Wisdom of Enjoyment.
47. What’s Your Work Worth?
Reflection: Jobs Don’t Define Personality.
48. Status Haters
Reflection: Shadow of the Stone.
49. Distraction in Spin Action
Reflection: Both as Bad as Each Other.
50. Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth.
Reflection: Rebel Without Applause.
51. My God, An Insect
Reflection: Comparing humanity and ant society.
52. Natural Disasters
Reflection: Humanity is a Part of Nature.
53. For Richer, For Poorer, In Life and In Death
Reflection: Analysing Axl Rose.
54. Cloverfield Central
Reflection: Inside and Outside the Political Centre.
55. Life Reality and Media Publicity
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
56. Wonders of the South Park Solar System
Reflection: Benefits of Television and the Media.
57. Immersion Meeting Mirror
Reflection: Image Dependent on Time.
58. Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris
Reflection: Necessary Heroic War?
59. The Whistle Cried Heavy
Reflection: Nothing is Worth Dying For?
60. Two Days When My Cultural Worlds Collided
Reflection: All My Heroes are Dead.
61. News of World – Sky – Sun on Sunday
Reflection: Using Media.
62. The Reverse Werewolf Transformation
Reflection: Benefits of Wolfdom.
63. Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole
Reflection: Poetry Time.
64. The Devil Rides Out… Of You!
Reflection: Frankenstein Features.
65. Samhaim to Halloween
Reflection: Flu Inspired Poem.
66. Dark Knight Fights Against Joker’s Delights
Reflection: Do People Get the Leaders they Deserve.
67. The Diamond Mermaid
Reflection: Sea Swimming Sun.
68. New Year 2010 Poem
Reflection: Free Life Limits.
69. Muse Scattered Seeds for Poets to Harvest
Reflection: The Point of Short Poetry.
70. When the Muse has no Consideration
Reflection: Shower Spain Paen to Poetic Disdain.
71. Breathing Works Both Ways
Reflection: The Games People Play.
72. Alphabetica Mirroretica
Reflection: Happiness in Fantasy.
73. Easter Nonsense
Reflection: No Talent.
74. In the Middle of Ahead and Behind
Reflection: Natural Reflections.
75. In the Beginning of the Conclusion
Reflection: Honey Bee Sees Things Invisible To Me.
76. Surreal Water Wheel – Wheelbarrow
Reflection: Propaganda Ranter.
77. Reflecting on Poems of your Future
Reflection: Poetic Reflections by the Unconscious.
78. Turning Around OCD
Reflection: When You’ve Controlled All Your Addictions.
79. Backward Static Messages
Reflection: Poe-ate-tree Poetry
80. Denied D9
Reflection: Poetry Can Be Cathartic.
81. On the Surface of it, Ants…
Reflection: Ants Seem Our Perfect Mirror.
82. The Caterpillar and Butterfly: Metamorphosis in the Middle
Reflection: Caterpillars and Ants Alliance.
83. I Mirror, Therefore I Zebra
Reflection: 6500 Zebra Views.
84. Chameleon Mix and Match Conundrum
Reflection: Clowning Clouds.
85. Reflecting on Rainbows
Reflection: Magic of Mountains.
86. Diffraction Delivers Sensory Satisfaction
Reflection: Travelling Storm.
87. The Day of Double Eastern Delight
Reflection: Sunset Love Poem.
88. Changing of the Guard
Reflection: The Locality of Philosophical Thought.
89. Valentine Night Sky
Reflection: Good and Evil’s Love-Hate Relationship.
90. Constellations of the North and South
Reflection: Literary Nonsense Twin.
91. Shadowless Seconds on Earth’s Equator
Reflection: Mind of Matter.
92. Ring a Ding Ding, it’s Spring
Reflection: Spring into Life.
93. Following the Last Light
Reflection: Midsummer Inspiration.
94. Falling Autumn Gold
Reflection: More Trees Thanks to Jubilee.
95. Autumn Air Spins Summer Samaras to Equinox Earth
Reflection: History of Helicopters.
96. Snowcatcher: Cradler of Cosmic Latte
Reflection: Life and Love in the Himalayan Mountains.
97. Eagle Down
Reflection: Grounded Thoughts.
98. Keeping it Clean: Humanity, Environment and Earth
Reflection: Catch-22 of Human and Nature Relationship.
99. Gold and Paper Compared
Reflection: We are Nature, not its Enemy.
100. Earth Hour
Reflection: 5×5 Nation and Planet.
101. Surfing Sea Psyche
Reflection: Ocean of Love.
102. The Secret Life of Chaos
Reflection: Mind’s Natural State.
103. Divided Earth, Unifying People
Reflection: Above and Below Mother Earth.
104. The Skull of Eyjafjallajokull
Reflection: Mountain Spirit Dancer.
105. Reflecting on Reality, the Reality of Reflections
Reflection: Time to Think.
106. Times of Dry
Reflection: Unnoticed Normality.
107. When Earth and Sky are as One
Reflection: Greenygrey Creation Myth
108. Greenygrey Sandwich
Reflection: Examples of Greenygrey.
109. Flight of Imagination Returns to Memory Destination
Reflection: How Images Inspire Poetry.
110. Embracing Sea at Midnight
Reflection: Sun, Sea, Fish and Coral.
111. Between City and Sky, Let Your Mind Fly
Reflection: Sky and City Mirror.
112. Jet Landing Through Cloud
Reflection: Above and Below the Clouds.
113. Dawn Cinderellas Pink Candy Dance
Reflection: Mountain Melody.
114. Islands of the Sky and Sea
Reflection: Is Britain Still Bearable?
115. ATM in the AM: Atacama Thought Mission in the Morning
Reflection: ADD a DD.
116. A Member of the Human Race Between Time and Place
Reflection: Making of the Cover Image.
117. How’s that for a Mexican Hat?
Reflection: Repetitive Shapes.
118. Norma’s White Dwarf Colour Composer
Reflection: Computer Helps Create Art.
119. Space from Singularity Expanding Universe
Reflection: The Universe has Always Been Divided.
120. The Universe in a Planck
Reflection: Progress Breakthrough?
121. Future to the Back
Reflection: Telescopic Poetry.
It’s another mirrored space poem today, along with a bit of mind travel, and the event horizon providing the fold. Cheers.
Flying free, spinning wild,
All of space, forever time,
Planets to visit, birth clouds to see
Nothing to restrict, restrain me
What’s that pull, sucking force
Taking me miles, way off course
Big circular jaws, open mouth
a basking shark in the universal ocean
Event Horizon, no escape now
An insect caught in Venus fly trap
Space ship and Black Hole
Into the dark, losing my light
What’s that glimmer, honey kite
The greatest journey, beyond none
Hidden from mind’s eye, realms of imagination
Forever space, all of time
Ending search, relaxing head.
The Space from Singularity Expanding Universe image poem has been published along with a little Marc Latham bio in the Leeds Arts and Minds newsletter.
The newsletter includes lots of interesting and beautiful news and art, and you can receive it at the Arts and Minds website.
Thanks to Tom and the team for featuring it.