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Presence …

                At Tintern, within the gaunt tracery of stone, the flames of Faith still burn – winged fire of praise and prayer permeates. The monks intone.

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The Christmas Present …

A holy child is sleeping; born beneath an eastern star; the promised one, the saviour, The Messiah. No silken canopies enfold this royal cradle; no rich accoutrements adorn His birthplace – in this lowly stable where He lies – the … Continue reading

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How do I know I exist? … On Descartes

  How do I know I exist? A question to be questioned In Cartesian form; If I am not mistaken I ask myself Could my belief in God Remain unshaken? Although it does not think – The material world exists. … Continue reading

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In the high places …

In the high places where blizzards bury sheep, great stones of granite mark an ancient site .. a burial chamber undisturbed .. left to rest in prehistoric silence, it sleeps .. Wheresoe’er I turn my head the high places speak … Continue reading

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A Testament to Faith …

The testament to Faith .. Great arching ribs of stone enclose a still-beating heart ; towering tracery belies the Abbey’s weight framing the blue of an April sky in soaring silhouette. The Gothic ruins breathe the breath of faith .. … Continue reading

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The source …

High overhead the mid-day sun releases oregano scent and the honey-bees of Hymettus are hypnotically content. The courtyard of a marble church reflects the white-hot heat and, to my delight, a cool spring flows beyond a worn-smooth seat .. Wisteria … Continue reading

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The Poetic Voice … Book VI Paradise Lost

I am made dizzy by the words of Milton .. I suffer vertigo; I fall with the expelled to the very mouth of Hell – inspired; he ascends to Dantesque heights .. with an imagination sublime he imparts to Raphael … Continue reading

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21st Century …

I read words which dripped blood from the abattoirs of history; torture, the applied psychology of fear; a contemporary rendition. I sensed the merciless power of power: perdition – Inchoate thoughts shamble and lurch haphazardly – I understood the sophistry … Continue reading

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On Opus 133 …. Beethoven

It tears my heart this dissonance sublime; notes like fractured stars thrown into darkness all light extinguished .. this soul-racked Opus 133; one hundred and thirty-three .. these jagged splinters of remembered night, brave remonstrance, discordant; the distorted echoes of … Continue reading

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The Falaj ….

From the foothills of the mountains spring-water flows into the falaj .. as the village sleeps in the sun and history runs past the mud-baked ruins like trickles over stone .. and green-plumaged birds plunge, in a shimmer of iridescence, … Continue reading

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