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One Morning’s Century of Thought

I have a confession. I have been brewing coffilosophy in other kitchens of thought, in this great mansion of social media, within the community of www. Then this morning a story about a space mission that will take forty years compounded my thoughts on time being the best teacher. If that mission is a success, then the people who are around then, and know its results, will know much more about our existence than the deepest searching thinkers of today and the past.

Doors of Perception: Time is the Top Teacher (T3)

People like Aldous Huxley, who inspired The Doors band name. I’m just playing their 1968 L.A. concert on YouTube. When The Doors and other 1960s counter-culture bands were doing most of their searching, humanity hadn’t landed on the moon yet, with that taking place in 1969; if you believe NASA and the astronauts.

So when you think of all the knowledge we’ve acquired about space, and our existence within it, in the last fifty years; such as icy moons around Jupiter and Saturn that provide a good chance of life, if we can get probes there, with missions planned in the next decade; then we’ve gone some way to answering some of the questions Jim Morrison was wondering about, and searching for through mental searching, sometimes involving stimulants.

Neuroscience has answered many others, with brain scanning particularly helpful.

Of course mental searching can provide insight into yourself, and clues as to the rest of humanity, if you believe we are all alike in some ways.

I could’ve written a Folding Mirror poem about it, but think/know I’ve written some similar ones before, both our time in the present between past and future, and the advances in astronomy and neuroscience mirroring each other.

In line with the trend of abbreviating and imaging everything, I did think seeing around a century of thought could be reduced to the image:  See the source imagevia the acronym: ICT.

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Mirror Poem Combining Io Space and Coldplay Chris

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started bubbling in the mind on January 7th: exactly one week ago. He answered a Facebook question set by the poet Sarah James (Leavesley) on an ‘I’ he’d like to visit with ‘Io’. Io is one of Jupiter’s moons. He had Typically Tropical’s 1975 hit Barbados going through his mind for the rhythm.

Mirror Poem Inspiration

However, he’d also seen the Gravity movie in December, and after spending ninety minutes in 3D space he related to images of life on Earth at the end; he  thought that although it would be nice to go into space, it would also be nice to return. The return journey desire gave him the idea that it’d make a good Folding Mirror poem.

Then yesterday he saw a photo of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow exuding warmth in the Metro newspaper. Paltrow rhymes with Io, so he thought he’d combine the two.

Coldplay Songs, Io Facts

The poem contains a couple of relevant Coldplay songs in U.F.O. and Parachute, strategically placed to mirror, as well as some Io facts. Mars is the only planet between Earth and Jupiter.

The initial letters of the heading and middle line’s words also mirror. Here’s the poem:

True-color image taken by the Galileo probe.

Cold Play Words, Warm Poem Creation

oh I wanna go to Io
on U.F.O Gwyneth Paltrow
love its 400 types volcano
discovered in 1610 by Galileo
closest moon to Jupiter
inside Ganymede and Europa

looking tantalisingly nice, nowhere to live

no atmosphere or mirth
like home on Earth
missing liquid lakes and beaches
with over million different species
Parachute for Chris Martin
sure don’t wanna be a Martian

Gwynny and Chris cuddle up

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).