19 March 2015

The Science behind the Art of Preservation

The Science behind the Art of Preservation
 

Cutting
........across the grass
........through the park,
she leaned over,
paused in a Pisa-stance
just to ask,
“When does it all begin?”

 
I take in the world behind her,

 ....and before her,
and pat the spot on the grass
near me, nearby:
“It’s been going on
all along,
and will keep on
...........going on.
Come and sit,
.........take it in,
.........take in all of it.
The clouds can’t be
........pursued
........or, they can’t be caught,
so sit here by me.


Let’s sit together,
and let the dogs go
into the night--
let them chase
...........for other game:
The game which keeps running,
barely
staying ahead of
...........their own scent.


Sit here with me,
let’s gather up
pictures for
...........the heart
we can carry back
to our memory
.........vaults. 


Then the day
when the wolves
.........are at the door
.........to feast on our souls,
and we're feeling butchered,
............cured, ready
............to be parceled out,


then we will pull them out,
...and the fragrance of
...the living blossoms
will not only fill our hearts,
it will 

.........take over the world.”

-A Charity Johnson

06 March 2015

I Don't Love You

...........Outwitted
..He drew a circle that shut me out--
..Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
..But Love and I had the wit to win:
..We drew a circle that took him in!
 Edwin Markham

24 February 2015

Peter & John Transform the Transfiguration

 Peter & John Transform the Transfiguration
“So, you have a mind-picture 
...............of the Transfiguration.
Jesus the Christ, on the mount
.......and He seems to you all holy and glowy,
isn’t that what you see
   ......... when you close your eyes?
Let’s tell you what we saw –
imagine when a spacecraft is
nestled on its platform,

  ready to
       take off from earth’s surface.
A 300-foot tall water tower has
            of 300,00 gallons inside
and releases all that in a flash,
right before ignition & liftoff,
all that water charges
in a mad rush on to the platform
and the rocket launch heats up
that great & sudden flood
   ................ of surging water
so fast that it makes what looks like
   ............. a gigantic billowing
    .............cloud of smoke
    .............rising up from the ground.
But it is only water
vaporizing in that
      .............................  millisecond.

Want to know the reason for all this water and smoke?
because the sound waves at take-off
are
.......so loud, so intense
that they have to be
  .......................  muffled.

That’s what the Transfiguration
......was:
the great muffling of the Son of the Father’s
.....glory—
only custom-made for us.
And,
all we really saw 

....................was the vapor.”
-Charity Johnson

Transfiguration by Raphael