The Wheel of Life
Just give me the warm power of the sun
Give me the steady flow of a waterfall
Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay.
Just give me the restless power of the wind
Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire
But please take all of your atomic poison power away.
Everybody needs some power I'm told
To shield them from the darkness and the cold
Some may see a way to take control when it's bought and sold.
I know that lives are at stakeFalkirk Wheel in Scotland replaces a flight of eleven locks spanning the 35m (115ft) height difference between the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals. The locks had been dismantled in 1933 ending navigation on the historic waterway. The Falkirk Wheel, which is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, was completed in 2002. The perfectly balanced structure uses Archimedes' principle of displacement supplemented by hydraulic motors to simultaneously raise and lower two boats in rotating gondolas as seen in the picture below.
Yours and mine and our descendants in time.
There's so much to gain, so much to lose
Everyone of us has to choose.
Bird's Nest Stadium (remember that?) and London's Millenium Dome. The eerily prophetic lyrics above are from Power which was on a Peter Paul and Mary album in 1983. The song is also on the group's essential 1993 collection Songs of Conscience and Concern, as is The Great Mandala (The Wheel of Life). That track provides my title, and, as part of the Buddhist Wheel of Life, also revolves here. There's so much to gain, so much to lose ...
More on the Falkirk Wheel on Wikipedia and the website of the project's mechanical engineers. Photos (c) On An Overgrown Path 2008. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk