Another wall…


watercolor, 14″ x 20″

I praise you because
you are artist and scientist
in one. When I am somewhat
fearful of your power,
your ability to work miracles
with a set-square, I hear
you murmuring to yourself
in a notation Beethoven
dreamed of but never achieved.
You run off your scales of
rain water and sea water, play
the chords of the morning
and evening light, sculpture
with shadow, join together leaf
by leaf, when spring
comes, the stanzas of
an immense poem. You speak
all languages and none,
answering our most complex
prayers with the simplicity
of a flower, confronting
us, when we would domesticate you
to our uses, with the rioting
viruses under our lens.

RS Thomas

I’ve just started reading RS Thomas’ biography, “The Man Who Went Into the West”, and although only in the introduction, I can see he’s a man who valued the timeless wonderment of nature above all else.

Having just been in Oxford for a few days, a gem of a town full of churches and museums and architecture that make you marvel, and with a long history of thinkers, writers, artists and scientists that’s thick in the air, in every nook and cranny, I know that this treasuring of this natural world that we’ve been gifted to live in is an intrinsic part of being human. From the insect exhibits in glass cases in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the exhibition of huge photographs of astoundingly beautiful insects beside them, to Kurt Jackson’s ‘Bees’ exhibition of paintings and sculptures celebrating our relationship to one family of insects, to the carvings of leaves and flowers and plants in stone all over the city…Everywhere you look the beauty, intelligence and awesomeness of creation is celebrated and applauded in every human heart that has had the opportunity to spend time contemplating the majesty of the natural world. Give thanks…



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