Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Agamospermy--- virgin births in the realm of botany

most flowers require pollination so that fertilization can occur, so that seeds can form... Dandelion ovaries can set seed without pollen. Is this a miracle? However, knowing (please let me give plants all kinds of cognizant abilities) that diversity arises from sex, the dandelion only does this with 99% of its flowers. One percent of the flowers will not create seed without pollen.
The rule in biology is to never say "all" or "none"... too many exceptions to the rule.
Maybe it should be that way in our own lives. All this thinking I have been doing about eternal life led to a cassette leaping out at me. See I had found a box of old cassettes in my studio closet and I transfered them to a new location. And there was Bruce Cockburn's Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws. Mosaic Woman, who grew up in Cockburn's native land... Canada, introduced me to this music. He is a man of faith and doubts and I give him some of the credit for bringing me back to a life that includes worship.
So there I was walking down Broad Street in Lansdale searching for cumin humming and doing a bit of wondering where the lions are... and I am thinking about how my life has unfolded, and I am feeling ecstatic. Never say never. If you made it this far with me... Happy New Years.

Sun's up, uh huh, looks okay
The world survives into another day
And I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
I had another dream about lions at the door
They weren't half as frightening as they were before
But I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
Walls windows trees, waves coming through
You be in me and I'll be in you
Together in eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
Up among the firs where it smells so sweet
Or down in the valley where the river used to be
I got my mind on eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...
Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake
Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take
Pointing a finger at eternity
I'm sitting in the middle of this ecstasy
Young men marching, helmets shining in the sun,
Polished as precise like the brain behind the gun
(Should be!) they got me thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...
Freighters on the nod on the surface of the bay
One of these days we're going to sail away,
going to sail into eternity
some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me
And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...
----------- BRUCE COCKBURN


6 comments:

  1. rats - I have a ton of cumin in my freezer...do I need to tell you where the spare key is? Dallas fans are surviving, ethopian food was amazing and I'm actually sad to be leaving.

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  2. Happy New Year! I've always loved that lyric "Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me." Hope you found the cumin.

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  3. MsKlem--- 15 degrees this morning when we walked for breakfast

    Kathryn J-- it has been a highly favored tune for a while. Don't think my understanding of it has grown.

    BOTH--- no need for the key.... that part of the story was completed at a Pakistani market on north Broad (the Indian Market on south Broad was closed) where I got 12 OZ for $4.00

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  4. Lots of cumin here in our pantry...I haven't listened much to Bruce Cockburn but will check out his music now.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy New Year, Wayne. I find it strange how tunes long forgotten slip back (or should I say "out") of my brain, so often and with such ease. I can't remember what I ate for breakfast, where I put the important paper so I wouldn't forget where I put the important paper, but out of nowhere comes the lyrics to some diddy heard on the radio back in 1953.....

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  6. Kievas--- I had a friend in IL who loved Johnny Cash and Barry Manillo. Bruce Cockburn is somewhere in between.

    Jim--- we have similar brains.

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