Scientists, hymns and poetry

Am sending today a special four-stanza poem to the Cloudburst Syndicated Poetry list, “From Craters on the Moon.” Below is the space for subscribers to comment. Later, I hope to share it with you as a hymn, since it’s in 6.6.8.6 meter, also known as Short Meter.

• Speaking of the moon, this report says that “The moon’s crust was apparently active far more recently than previously believed, scientists say.” Imagine that, scientists having to correct their time projections! From 1 billion to 50 million years. That’s too many zeros for me to calculate, but the difference is something like me thinking you’d take 50 years to show up and you took five minutes. Not much difference, eh?

• How about another quote from the report, and a translation? “We think they’re less than 50 million years old, but they could be 10 million years old, could be 1 million years old, could have happened 40 years ago,” said the lead scientist in the project. Translation: We have no idea, we’re totally ignorant, we’ve not a clue, but we want to look like we know what we’re doing.

• When a scientist talks, take him, like a doctor, with a ton of salt. Not a grain, a ton. And like your school teachers of yesteryear compared to the NEA’s minions, today’s scientist has little in common with Newton and Faraday.

• I mentioned poetry into a hymn. Perhaps soon I’ll have two or three to share. Or four or five. Glover Shipp has written music for one, on the theme of Thanksgiving. I’ve yet to see it. Jonathan Hinckley, of Church of Christ Sing, scored the poem, “My Hand Is on the Plow.” (Hear it here: plow.mp3.) I put a short item of mine, “Happiness,” to this ancient tune and called it “Man’s Delight” (pdf). This was a bit of experiment as I learn how to use MuseScore.

• Cloudburst subscribers, remember: the price of admission to the email list is a nice comment below. Just kidding. Sort of.

3 Replies to “Scientists, hymns and poetry”

  1. Really like that poem! Plan to use it Sunday as a conclusion to a series of lessons I’ve been doing on Creation. Very good!

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