Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a new world is born

From the NASA Space Advent Calendar which is HERE.

 A composite color infrared image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in complex structures in the hot ionized gas swirling around the central 300 light-years. This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the Galactic core. It offers a nearby laboratory for how massive stars form and influence their environment in the often violent nuclear regions of other galaxies.
(NASA, ESA and Q.D. Wang UMASS, Amherst)

Go tell the earth to shake
And tell the thunder
To wake the sky

And tear the clouds apart
Tell my people to come out
And wonder 

Where the old world is gone
For a new world is born
And all my people
Shall be one.

So tell the earth to shake
With marching feet

Of messengers of peace
Proclaim my law of love
To every nation
Every race.

For the old wrongs are over
The old days are gone
A new world is rising
Where my people shall be one.

So tell the earth to shake
With marching feet
Of messengers of peace
Proclaim my law of love
To every nation 
Every race.

And say
The old wrongs are over
The old ways are done
There shall be no more hate
And no more war
My people shall be one.

So tell the earth to shake
With marching feet
Of messengers of peace
Proclaim my law of love
To every nation
Every race.

For the old world is ended
The old sky is torn Apart.
A new day is born
They hate no more.

They do not go to war
My people shall be one.

So tell the earth to shake
With marching feet
Of messengers of peace
Proclaim my law of love
To every nation
Every race.

There shall be no more hate
And no more oppression
The old wrongs are done
My people shall be one.

-Thomas Merton, "Earthquake", (Isaiah 52), Collected Poems, pp. 701-703

5 comments:

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    1. I think that this poem would make a good song. My friend, Sandra, could put it to music ...

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  2. It would tie in perfectly with the Advent Old Testament readings for weekday Mass!

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  3. Just in from star gazing...

    This poem is perfect for tonight's Geminid Meteor Showers...

    or

    the Mayan Calendar end of this world...

    either way a wonderful sharing...Thanks!

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    1. I hear that the meteor shower was spectacular, Deborah ... what an Advent treat! Of course the Mayan end of the world would be pretty dramatic too ...

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