A Poem: Reflections

Maybe all isn’t lost?

If water can reflect the image
of heaven,

if light can find a path to us,

if the stillness in the core
of a spinning world

can remain at peace,
undisturbed.

Then after all,
what can be lost?

When we can lie down
in the grass

and look into the blue,
gravity still holding us;

and though the planet moves,
stand at the brink of

the pond
and not fall in?

Then maybe nothing of significance
has changed?

If water reflects the sun,
the moon.

And we need do nothing
but carry on,

suspended in the whole.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry
August 2020


‘Two sources of energy we recognise today are gravity and nuclear power.  Even when we think we are standing still the force is gravity is drawing our planet and us around the sun at something like 1800 kilometres a minute.  While the nuclear energy in the sun is “burning hydrogen into helium like a control H bomb.”
~ From Te Tangata, the Human Person, by Michael P. Shirres OP

‘To be a full human being is to be one with the human race, the people of the past as well as the people of the present.  To be a full human being is to be one with the universe and to take part in the whole movement i te kore, ki te poo, ki te ao maarama ‘from the nothingness, to the night, to the full daylight’.
To be fully human is to be one with Io [the Supreme Being], be it in the ‘dark night’, or in the ‘dark light’ at the centre and at every part of the universe.”
~ From Te Tangata, the Human Person, by Michael P. Shirres OP


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