Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Bottom Dead Centre

Boy dreamt in conflict,
downsland chalk and butterflies,
Cairo’s desert boy.

---------A life offender,
---------love’s obsessed assassin,
---------oblivion at last.

++++++++++++++++New senses kindle
++++++++++++++++serenity, knowing now
++++++++++++++++kisses never shame.

Bryan Douglas Cook December 2011

Context for Bottom Dead Centre

This Haiku (5-7-5) Triptych is based on initials drawn from my name at the start of each line and internally to each line....a friend described it as a literary Rubik's cube.... thus:

Bryan Douglas Cook




It's a kind of autobiography.

The structure was experimental and difficult, but helped focus on the essence of each personal experience.

In a reciprocating engine, the dead centre is the position of a piston in which it is farthest from, or nearest to, the crankshaft. The former is known as top dead centre (TDC) while the latter is known as bottom dead centre (BDC).

TDC rather than BDC is critical to tuning the firing and hence performance of the engine. TDC of piston #1 is the datum point from which ignition system measurements are made and the firing order is determined. For example, ignition timing is normally specified as degrees before top dead centre (BTDC) although a very few small and fast-burning engines require a spark just after top dead centre (ATDC). Source: Wikipedia "Top Dead Centre"

Read at Tree Reading Series 10 January 2012

A stone’s throw from London, Box Hill,in the chalk northern downsland of Surrey U.K., has been a coveted place of great natural beauty for centuries of city dwellers. Jane Austen's heroine Emma in the 1816 novel of the same name visited Box Hill to discover what ‘…everybody found so much worth seeing’.
Box Hill’s great beauty is matched by its richness of wildlife including butterflies like the Adonis Blue (Photos courtesy of Google.ca and the U.K. National Trust).

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