Loving Error’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 1998)

An artist’s soul

In scientist’s wrapping

Yearning to find its way

Into vibrant expression

.

Rebellious from the outset

Yet caught up in trapping

By hard lines of thought

Through which it’s been taut

To keep its self to itself

.

Aware, from the start

That the way of the heart

Can’t been found through hard wiring

.

Yet, knowing full well

Without some kind of shell

No one

Can hold its self together

.

And so combining

The view from within

With the view from without -

The artistic science

The scientific art

To find a way into and out

From the open

.

Which brings validity to both

In mutual inclusion

For all senses to sense

When hearts and minds are disclosed

To life

As only life can be

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion