30 April 2009

The "Spires of Form"

In 1836 Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American philosopher, essayist, and poet, wrote an essay called "Nature" which was prefaced by this little poem:

A subtle chain of countless rings
The next unto the farthest brings;
The eye reads omens where it goes,
And speaks all languages the rose;
And, striving to be man, the worm
Mounts through all the spires of form.

I was reminded of this poem when my friend Joe Pastry sent me this link to an article about the H1N1 flu in the L.A. Times:

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-swine-reality30-2009apr30,0,3606923.story

It appears that this virus is not quite as bad as was originally feared and lacks a component of the 1918 flu that killed so many people worldwide. There is still a danger, however, that because it came at the tail end of the flu season it will evolve and re-emerge in October in an invigorated state as it "mounts through all the spires of form". Here in Irapuato we have been blessed that it has not reared its ugly head but the people and the local government are taking many precautions. I hope and pray that this plague passes quickly and I pray that God spares all of my friends out there in "Bloggerlandia" and sends this hateful virus back down to Hell with the Devil where they both belong.

5 comments:

Chrissy and Keith said...

Amen. I am standing in agreement and belief with you Bob.

glorv1 said...

Well I'm with you. We now have had a death in US. I think last I heard we have 100 or so cases and it is picking up speed. I worry about my mom because she takes the bus to go to a casino once a month. I told her if she goes to wear a mask. Well thx for worrying about all us bloggers and you take care too.

YayaOrchid said...

Amen bob! Glad to hear your city is fine.

1st Mate said...

Bob - Hope they'll have a new flu shot for us before next fall. I for one will definitely line up to get it.

Anonymous said...

HOLA BOB!QUIERO HACER UN COMENTARIO UN POCO DESORDENADO. ESTUVE EN PUEBLO NUEVO LAS ULTIMAS TRES SEMANAS DE MARZO. LA PERSONA MAS ENFERMA QUE RECUERDO VER FUE UN JOVEN MEXICANO QUE ABORDO NUESTRO AUTOBUS EN MENPHIS TN, EN RUTA A CIUDAD JUAREZ CH. REALMENTE ENFERMO!-YO REGRESO A IRAPUATO LA SEMANA PROXIMA.-A PROPOSITO, QUE TE PARECE ESTO: "AND, STRIVING TO BE GOD, THE MAN MOUNTS THROUGH ALL THE SPIRES OF FORM."- SALUDOS CABALLERO!

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