by Guy Dauncey
A persuasive story is an essential piece of equipment for a determined journey. Here’s the story I use to keep me rolling along.
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, before what we call the Universe existed, there was something, let us call it ‘being’ with a small ‘b’. Being expressed itself first as space-time and then as matter, becoming being-matter. It’s as good an explanation as any. Paul Sutter, a well-known astrophysicist, says “In the beginning there was a question mark.”[i] Stephen Hawking said in the beginning there was a singularity without time or space, but he couldn’t explain how it got there.
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To dam, or not to dam: that is the question,
whether tis nobler to suffer
the loss of farmland and First Nations rights by powerful flooding,
or, by solar, wind and conservation, geothermal too,
to craft another path to the energy we’ll need
and save the land for growing food and flowing water,
under the peaceful sky.
– Guy Dauncey, January 2018
Thanks to Terry Sohl for the photo image, and to William Morris for the letters.
Opportunities to perform this are welcome. I hope to get it on YouTube soon.
A is for Albatross
A is for Albatross,
far-winging freely across oceans of wonder,
mating for life till they die,
but their chicks have a diet of grim plastic plunder,
filling their bellies with lies.
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For the music, see YouTube (starts at 50 seconds). Any singer or Gilbert and Sullivan Society is welcome to take the words and run with them – please let me know when you do.
I am the very model of a modern climate heretic,
I quibble and prevaricate, and cherry-pick each statistic,
I fulminate and froth a bit and calumnate the lot of it,
I am the very model of a modern climate heretic.
They say that burning fossil fuels is warming up the atmosphere,
That all our greenhouse gases will eliminate the biosphere,
But since there is a God above who’s always looking after us,
There’s little sense in worrying about a weak hypothesis.
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