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730) Published: Poem: Death Unheralded February 27, 2009

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16:46, Friday, 27th February 2009 CE

730) Death Unheralded
As Harry Osborn lies dieing
and Kirsten Dunst looks on in tears
a girder behind them shows “72”
a number betokening “death”.
These posts have reached 730
and I wonder if I
have yet managed and succeeded
in dieing to self, so that He may live in me
to any appreciable extent?
How many times in a lifetime
must the old self die
that a new self might be born
and be made manifest
in the world of humanity?
So, as a second precious dream lies dieing, bleeding
a new life is being forged in the fire of sacrifice,
something lower being wrenched away
for something higher to take it’s place,
the human instincts screaming blue murder
in the absence of any carrots on the horizon
that might indicate a new dream
to replace the old.

729) Published: Poem: Crashed and Burned 2 February 27, 2009

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20090227 729 Dream 16 Crashed and Burned 2

16:32, Friday, 27th February 2009 CE

729) Crashed and Burned 2
“It wasn’t pretty”
smiles Tom Cruise
as “Maverick” Mitchell
in “Top Gun”
as, a second time, he explains,
“It’s looking good, so far”.
I dreamt once of Night
and I saw myself flying a Spitfire
heading for a fatal crash landing
at top speed.
The plane hit the deck, a belly-flop,
but did NOT burst into flames,
the plane intact
and I was rescued, unconscious, from the wreck,
but otherwise unharmed.
So it came to pass
and in 2 to 3 years
I burnt myself out
and crash landed
grounded for a while
my ability to grasp the Faith gone
conscious only of the material,
sleeping and dreaming, to recuperate my strengths
for another day
another flight of fancy
another dream.
Third time lucky?

728) Published: Poem: Ayyam-i-Ha February 27, 2009

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16:21, Friday, 27th February 2009 CE

728) Ayyam-i-Ha
I cycled from home
for a dental checkup today
as a rabbit scampered away across the fields
and after taking care of business
with Dr Ruberto
making an hour’s appointment with her in March
I chatted with my old friends at the newsagents’
reminiscing about old times
and wishing them “Happy Ayyam-i-Ha”,
then making my way here
to Westgate Library
to while away a couple of hours on The Net
before cycling to Littlemore
for an Ayyam-i-Ha party,
my heart and mind
won over for the millioneth time
by the prospect of Baha’i fellowship and love
and the warm unity of The Baha’is.
“Happy Ayyam-i-Ha, everyone!”

727) Published: Non-Fiction Essay: Junior Youth 1966 to 1970 February 19, 2009

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18:00, Thursday, 19th February 2009 CE

From 1966 to 1970, my formative junior youth years were moulded most powerfully by the media. Against that backdrop, my own personal life seemed insignificant to me in comparison. Here’s a synopsis of the saliant features of “media news”:-

1966 “Thunderbirds are Go” depicts man’s first steps on Mars by Zero X and its MEV (Martian Excursion Vehicle)e
1966 End of Gemini programme with Gemini 12
1966 Harold Wilson’s landslide victory in his second General Election win
1967 Apollo 1 fire; Grissom, White and Chaffee are the first martyrs of the US space programme
1967 Apollo 7; Schirra, Cunningham and Eisele fly successfully the first manned Apollo flight

1967 “Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons” replaces Thunderbirds as Gerry Anderson’s latest offering

1968 Assassination of Senator Robert Francis Kennedy
1968 “2001: A Space Odyssey”
1968 Apollo 8 orbits The Moon with Borman, Lovell and Anders, The Earth is pictured in colour on the front of the Times rising over The Moon’s horizon
1969 Richard Nixon inaugurated as President of the United States after LBJ (Lyndon Baines Johnson)
1969 Apollo 9 with Scott, McDivitt and Schweikart testing the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) sucessfully in Earth orbit
1969 King Crimson’s debut album scores a hit with “In the Court of the Crimson King”
1969 “Ummagumma” by Pink Floyd
1969 Start of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland
1969 Apollo 10 with Stafford, Cernan does a low pass in its LEM over The Moon’s surface
20th July 1969 Apollo 11 with Armstrong Aldrin and Collins lands on The Moon
1969 Apollo 12 with Conrad, Gordon and Bean successfully lands on The Moon despite a twin lightning strike during its night launch
1970 Ted Heath wins premiership
1970 Apollo 13 barely makes it back without landing on The Moon with Lovell, Haise and Swigert.

726) Published: Poem: Dawn February 12, 2009

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06:51, Thursday, 12th February 2009 CE

726) Dawn
The sky is a cloudless midnight blue
lightening towards the horizon
ahead of me on the left
where a band of orange and yellow
give a hint of The Sun
beneath the horizon.
All is peace and quiet
and THIS
is an excellent time for prayer.

725) Published: Poem: Return February 12, 2009

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01:36, Thursday, 12th February 2009 CE

725) Return
After idleness and dissolution
I finally lose interest in having a lack of virtue
and turn wholly to Him
Who in This Age
goes by the Glorious Name of Baha’u’llah
and find myself
thinking of little else
but His all-conquering power
His all-pervasive grace
trusting in His love
or rather hoping for it
in my unworthiness
to receive it.
And just the act of turning
seems to rejuvenate my soul and heart
and placate my troubled mind
and all is well,
and now my prayers are done,
a good night’s sleep beckons.