by Ruth Hoppin
By miracle of high compression
lowly carbon from the sod
finds new and lovelier expression
in Neptune’s glittering façade.
Not by mining or invention
not by labor, slave or free,
patterned by a high intention,
sown with liberality.
Strewn like winter’s cache of snowflakes
falling in a prodigal scheme-
confetti sequins on a landscape
whose lavish beauty reigns supreme-
diamonds drift and deepen like snow
to make the jeweled planet glow.
God shakes the snowflakes from the sky
cascading on the mountainside
carved in ice, plied with lace
glistening as they coalesce,
presses carbon from the ground
by a similar impulse bound
until its nature is realigned;
Because it sparkles with new-found grace
the face of nature is redesigned.
~from: Spinning the Arrow of Time
Ruth Hoppin is best known as the author of Priscilla's Letter: Finding the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, a book in the field of New Testament studies that has been translated into Spanish, and she speaks and writes on this subject. Her general interest articles and poems have been widely published. Ruth lives in Daly City, a suburb of San Francisco, where she and her husband Stuart raised a family. The Hoppins are parishioners of Holy Child & St. Martin Episcopal Church, where she leads science and faith seminars and Bible discussion groups. Her interests include travel, studying French, and playing the recorder.