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August 13, 2009

It is obvious to anyone who has made a systematic study of my poetry over the years — and there is no such anyone — that the inspiration behind the rhyme and metrical schemes I deploy is the celebrated composer of “Rub a Dub Dub Three Men in a Tub.” In any case, indignation is my usual impetus.

Regarding indignation, I noticed a news video on Yahoo! News citing evidence of an ocean on one of Saturn’s moons. I love space pictures and anything to do with space. There was also a video about a planet’s retrograde revolution around its sun, speculating that this was brought about by a collision with another planet: sort of a feature and a spin off, as it were. I watched both videos, but was obliged to view them without sound. My voice-recognition software has a plug-in sound card that enables my settings somehow to admit the obnoxious, intrusive noise of stupid musical e-mails, but not sounds originating from my Internet browser. I have no idea how these things work. All I know is I can’t hear the online news movies. But I did want to see the planets crashing in space and the ocean on Saturn’s moon.

I was terribly disappointed that they were such amateurish animations. A Max Planck Institute representative, presumably a scientist, who looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jr., was mouthing things that might have been interesting, but I don’t know what he was saying. All I saw was a very quick clip of some waves that could have been anywhere from Big Sur to Roanoke. As for the interplanetary smash-up, all I saw was a cartoon of a disintegrating model planet burning up. I was left utterly clueless as to how that event caused a planet to revolve around its patron star in a direction contrary to the expectations of human observers a thousand light-years away.

Visual effects don’t explain things: words do. I resent the icons throughout my Microsoft system that require me to infer meanings they inadequately represent. On this, Dragon NaturallySpeaking and I are on the same page: the Dragon does not recognize symbols either; its algorithm is based entirely on word logic. So is mine.

The video about the colliding planets did include some written narrative explaining that Earth’s own moon was the product of an impact between Earth and some other massive object. This assertion crystallized my indignation. Science is too expensive to be this cheap. Bother that scientists proclaim their own bizarre creation theory as a second-rate cartoon show and call it science. Be perturbed that they produce it at public expense.

… let God be found true, though every man be found a liar…— Romans 3:4

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. — Psalm 33:6

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. — Genesis 1:16

My indignation at the silly representations of the Saturnian sea and the planet that lost the gravity war incited me to retrieve the fragments of a ditty that had probably been rambling through my mind like a retrograde planet for some time.


Seventy years You consigned Your own
to mirthless shores of Babylon;
Seventy years a corporate warden
tenures its spirit till release unto Zion…
Companions’ buffets You command I forbear
and forgive to the sum of seventy square.

My sin, so much darker than what I perceive
brings — not death! — but new life by Your promised reprieve.
Though I deal out more darkness than I would receive
I savor the pledge given those who believe:
And though I misstep before every day’s end
I’m given to know my overall trend,
established immune to all compromise
on immutable course till the Daystar shall rise.

One Comment
  1. Laura K permalink
    August 14, 2009 8:42 am

    I try not to think too often about all the base endeavors my husband’s hard-earned salary goes to support.

    Oh yes, very “Rub a Dub Dub,” that piece of yours. Did you write it in your sleep? /sarcasm

    I like it a lot.

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