Contemplating Eschaton


Prime time loosed Laudes shades
Colors fly on clouds at dawn
Sunflowers’ faces looking east
Contemplating eschaton

Drama of their world
Between what is and what will be
A risen sun, the end of summer
From Terce to Sext to Nones is eternity

Arcoรญris pulls on Vespers
Eternal promise lights cut dim
Sun checks out at Compline
Martins tucks it in

Sunflowers tall bow their heads
Rooted firmly holding sand
Contemplating darkness see
The end is at hand


56 thoughts on “Contemplating Eschaton

  1. Spectacular sunset! Your words and photos are a beautiful visual escape. I saw a double rainbow during yesterday’s sunrise meditation. It wasn’t even raining.

      • They are putting on their best faces before the end of summer.

        BTW I’ve been promoting your poetry contest. Some bloggers have been put off thinking they have to buy your book. I’ve assured people they can find some of the poems on your blog. I’ve also noted that buying your book is a fraction of the cost of entering photo, art and music contests. At least you get a great book if one chooses to buy your book. There is also concern about self promotion. Well. That’s the point if you publish a book. Otherwise, what’s the point of publishing a book if you are not going to promote it? I think your poetry contest based on how people are inspired by your poems is brilliant, and a great way to promote your book.

      • I am glad that they are putting on their best faces. They are wonderful faces ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Thank you so much for your help and your kind words Timothy. They mean a lot to me. Unfortunately I cannot please everyone. However, I will continue to work for a while and do the best for this community. I will try to promote others as much as I can. This is me. I am responsible for who I am. They are responsible for who they are. It is sad that people gossip but it is not something I did not expect.
        We are sending purrs and love to everyone. Have a great evening ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒน

      • I not sure it’s so much gossip as misunderstanding. We support and promote each others as much as possible. it’s also ok to promote ourselves.

      • Timothy, you are wonderful. I always appreciated and admired the friend and the great artist in you. I know you are also an intelligent and principled man. I am the one who put up the contest. If anyone has any questions or concerns they can ask me. And I will stop here. I will not elaborate further.
        In my four years of blogging I have seen many bloggers giving up. I regret that this community drove out of WP two of the best writers I have ever read. Both males, both brilliant. What the community could not take it was their talent. I tried to keep them going but they could not stand the meanness of some of their followers. They found a home on other social media platforms probably for the best.
        I am most grateful to many bloggers here who support me and I will always be. There is a lot of love going around. I am humbled by it every day. There are also people who mock my writings, who want to burn my house down and people who want to blow my brains off. Nothing surprises me anymore. And I will stop here. I said enough.
        Again my deepest gratitude to you and to those who support me๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜Š

      • I don’t understand wear the meanness comes from. I’ve known some brilliant writers and thinkers who have also been driven off of WP by mean, nasty people. It’s really to bad. We are here to express our art and support each other. If you don’t like what someone does, simply move on.

  2. What lovely words! The pictures are so ethereal. Itโ€™s like you took a camera to heaven to capture that and got back here to post it on WordPress ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜€ So surreal!

    • Thanks, Shey. Yes. The time between what is and what will be offers so many things, but it goes by more quickly every season.

      • Eschaton in Greek means “the end”. Eschatology in Christianity is teaching about “the end” and the goings on in the world as it is “already” with a risen Christ, and what it will be since Christ has “not yet” returned to the Parousia (Greek for presence used to refer to the second coming of Christ). In later Christian theology eschatology is the doctrine of the “four last things”: death, the last judgment, hell, and heaven.

        I’m using eschaton as the end for the sunflowers. For sunflowers “already” is the “risen sun” instead of the “risen Son” for Christians. In Christianity the end of time is when Christ returns, for the sunflowers the end of time is the end of summer when colder temperatures return. For most Christians, and everybody else in the world, life goes after the world ends for the sunflowers.

        Are those sufficient accessory explanations?

      • Thank you so much Timothy for having taken the time to give me this kind and interesting explanation of eschaton and its various interpretations:)
        All the best:)

    • Thanks, Marina. The end is truly at hand for our forest of sunflowers. I’m stretching the eschaton into nature. But why not? It’s been a few thousand years that the end has been at hand for humanity. Yet here we are in the twilight of another millennium, humanity still handing out grief, and there is no real end in sight.

  3. A most beautiful picture. I enjoyed your poem. Summer is over and you are heading towards winter. We are just going into summer following our spring of about 1 week. A funny place, Southern Africa, we really only have one long 9-month summer and 3 months of winter.

    • We get 4 months of summer and 4 months and then 1.5 to 2 months of spring and autumn in between. Thanks, Roberta.

  4. Your poem shows me the movement of the day as prayer and hope for an out of this world destination.
    I love your photos, especially the last one.

    • Thanks, Imelda. If you can find a way to a mystical experience that is very exciting. The last photo was like a gift from Heaven.

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