GOD LIVES ON TERRA


I was born in Inverness on the second day of spring
but my soul yearned to sail the stars • my heart did long to sing
so when I made my sixteenth year I signed my life away
and flew out from this world to which with joy I come today

now somewhere in Eighth Sector there's a world called Hellendiv
where long ago the spacefolk did decide the gods did live
and aye : that world is heavenly but Heaven it not be
for my God made my heart and made the land most dear to me

for God lives on Terra
in her lands of evergreen
her silken skies over velvet vales
the most lovely I have seen
and when I watch a sunset
fade from red to royal blue
I know God lives on Terra
she's His own dream come true

I've seen the sun on Rakkis and I've felt her golden sands
on Wrigley's I once won a bet and I've held a queen's fair hand
and I've made love in the summer snows of a Rigel mountain cap
and seen the universe unfold on Pern from dragonback

yes I've seen this whole grand galaxy and I thank the Lord for that
I thank God for the chance to go and the chance to now come back
and I thank the Lord that I was born in the cradle of mankind
I love the God who made this world whose beauty outlives time

for God lives on Terra
in the hearts and souls of man
why search the stars for lost Eden's shores
when He made her right at hand?
the beauties of her blueness
always moves my heart to tears
for God so loved Terra
that He chose to live right here

yes : God lives on Terra
He lives and loves right here

                                      julia ecklar


ETERNAL FLAME

I was taught assembler in my second year of school it's kinda like construction work with a toothpick for a tool so when I made my senior year I threw my code away and learned the way to program that I still prefer today now some folks on the internet put their faith in C++ they swear that it's so powerful it's what God used for us and maybe it lets mortals dredge their objects from the C but I think that explains why only God can make a tree for God wrote in Lisp code when he filled the leaves with green the fractal flowers and recursive roots the most lovely hack I've seen and when I ponder snowflakes never finding two the same I know God likes a language with its own four-letter name now I've used a SUN under UNIX : so I've seen what C can hold I've surfed for PERLs : found what FORTRAN's for and got that JAVA stuff down cold though the chance that I'd write COBOL code is a SNOBOL's chance in Hell and I BASICally hate hieroglyphs so I won't use APL. now God must know all these languages and a few I haven't named but the Lord made sure when each sparrow falls that it's flesh will be reclaimed and the Lord could not count grains of sand with a 32-bit word who knows where we would go to if Lisp weren't what he preferred? and God wrote in Lisp code every creature great and small don't search the disk drive for man dot c when the listing's on the wall and when I watch the lightning burn unbelievers to a crisp I know God had six days to work so he wrote it all in Lisp yes God had a deadline so he wrote it all in Lisp bob kanefsky Confused? So was I. The latter lyric is a kinda paraphrase or parody: visit Tab Page for a brief.