Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Poetry Thursday 161 - Universal questions




An interesting week in the grand scheme of things. I am reading Professor Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' and our church held a Question Time session on all subjects religious.
These two events spawned  the poems below. The first is in the format of a sonnet - who would write a poem on such a weighty matter and not use an equally significant style?


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Is there a God?

The universe expands every moment.
Is it pushed outwards by God’s unseen hand,
or is the smooth motion by accident,
an unbidden signal lacking command?

Do smooth universes mean there’ll be life,
or had God planted the vigorous seed,
in an area of space without strife,
so vitality could progress at speed?

Without God’s creative intervention
would this galaxy be just a dark space,
life never a choice or an intention,
of intelligence or beauty no trace.

If there is a God why is there evil?
 If there’s a God would creatures be sinful?
© David L Atkinson May 2015


The haiku below emerged while I was considering Stephen Hawking's book and in many ways demonstrates the usefulness of this Japanese format.

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Hawking Haiku

Professor Hawking
Expounds on the universe
Questions God’s presence
© David L Atkinson May 2015

And the source of inspiration came in part from the following section,

Science seems to have uncovered a set of laws that, within the limits set by the uncertainty principle, tell us how the universe will develop with time, if we know its state at any one time. These laws may have originally been decreed by God, but it appears that he has since left the universe to evolve according to them and does not now intervene in it. But how did he choose the initial state or configuration of the universe?
One possible answer is to say that God chose the initial configuration of the universe for reasons that we cannot hope to understand.

Stephen Hawking obviously struggles in some measure with the nature and existence of God but repeatedly refers to a possible role of a superior being in the nature and development of our universe. In the early years of his career he denied that there is a God but the more he delved into the mathematical nature of the universe, the less sure of that position he seems to have become.

God Bless