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Tuesday 9 August 2011

Two Sites of Special Scientific Interest

falls into a lake,
seen through alders
heard through rustle of leaves,
haloed in white.

My approach
expands the whiteness
in circles
towards me,
crossing the lake.

Sad that the distance
and instinct  combine
to conjure the fancy:
soap suds  pollutants
only  nearer  to find
a  mix nearly perfect
of   water  unsullied
with lightness of air
support for  two rare
mini-beasts  and  one
water weed.


genetic programs ticking
they cover themselves in glory -
and metal oxides -
from benign virus
into living wire,
predestined to arrange themselves
in patterns laid by man
called batteries.
They pack a punch,
sparks bright enough
to replace petrol on all 
roads of this town reborn
tomorrow - when all our cities
will be lit (maybe) by living things
like Vibrio phosphorium -
or cum grano salis, as you might say -
sparkling bacteria
clinging to the outside walls
of buildings 
growing there - and every roof as white
as that pure water in the lake.


jabblog said...

Natural light in an unpolluted world - how wonderful that would be.

Carl said...

really wonderful. We really do need to rethink everything and find wise to use nature in a more balanced relationship before Mother Earth decides to once and for all kick man's behind.

Hannah Stephenson said...

Sparkling bacteria and pure water. Inspiring observations here.

Victoria said...

David, so glad to discover your blog. My undergrad studies were in science (nursing) and I love the blend of science and art in creative expression. Truly, nature inspires. These are wonderful--going back for another read.

Windsmoke. said...

I reckon it will be a very long time before man can change our planet into Utopia where nature and man work in harmony :-).

Mary said...

Love the ending, Dave. If only it would be!

Dave King said...

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But it is being seriously investigated.

Yes, well said. I think we might even get kicked innto touch if we don't watch out.

One day... perhaps!

Hi! A warm welcome to you. Thank you for your visit and your very generous comments. Good to know your reactions.

Mmmm, I wouldn't lay bets on you being wrong about that, I'm just an incurable optimist.

Agreed. If only...