Sunday, August 31, 2014
A few years ago, this poem was triggered by my reading about 'sailing stones' and the mystery of how they moved from one place to another. That made me think about a young relative who was very dear to me who went from "one place to another," when she died. The poem is a meditation on the mystery of death, and some of the details in the poem describe the room in which she died and her personal effects. The mirror image is there to suggest another dimension. I won't say more than that, except hers was an untimely 'sailing' from this place to the other.
No one knows how a glacier moved you
into the mirror.
Ruined petals by a glass door, coreopsis
disintegrates in lantern light.
What is leaving?
where are your rugged clothes
your enameled lip’s lustrous cantata?
This mysterious rut in desert sand,
a scientist’s mare, ice-riding stone,
how you sailed there?
Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Solved
I've always been fascinated by the mysterious sailing stones of Death Valley and have followed any news about them. Finally, thanks to science, we have a better understanding of what causes the phenomenon.
"For years, enormous stones have been moving across the Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park, leaving engraved trails in the muddy surface behind. No one understood how, though there was plenty of speculation, according to researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego.
Last year the researchers, Richard Norris and James Norris, placed stones equipped with GPS devices on the same stretch of land, then waited and watched."
"We recorded the first direct scientific observation of rock movements using GPS-instrumented rocks and photography, in conjunction with a weather station and time-lapse cameras," the authors wrote in a study published in the journal PLOS One. On Dec. 20, 2013, they witnessed 60 rocks move across the land."
GO HERE to see the video and learn more.
h/t Infidel753 for THIS LINK that better explains the sailing stones phenomena.