“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.” ―Isaac Newton
Suppose all the bird baths, ornamental ponds, swimming holes, creeks, swamps, lakes, oceans―all the water on the planet including what’s left of the glaciers, even the condensing vapor in the clouds―suppose it was all slurped up into a gob and spit into space: would that leave the planet dry?
“Among the planets orbiting the Sun, Earth is clearly the ‘water planet.'”
One would think that expelling all of the world’s water, including the massive amount tabled just beneath the reach of rain-forest roots, would leave the solar system’s oasis thirsty as an ocean of sand.
“It is wise to bring some water, when one goes out to look for water.”
But recent seismographic mapping, a kind of dowsing of the sub-terrain, down where diamonds are born, found what looks like a source sufficient to fill all the rivers and irrigate all the fields and top up several times seven seas.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”
This set our divining rod quivering like an arrow from the bow of a cherub in a fountain, toward the wellspring of life and poetry.
“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.”
―Stanza 1, Kubla Khan – Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1816
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