While browsing through a book of collected poems by James Merrill, I found this from a poem entitled Eight Bits.
1 / Laser Majesty
Light show at the Planetarium.
Schlock music. Seven colors put through drum
Majorette paces. “We saw God tonight,”
Breathes Wendy. Yes, and He was chewing gum.
Oh, I smiled and laughed in delight, and then I chose a postcard randomly.
Detail of the polished surface of an Italian table top (c. 1800), decorated with different geological specimens. Croft Castle, Herefordshire.
We only think we can improve on the majesty of nature.
And an extra note about the table top pictured here. The Italians developed this type of inlay in the 16th century and called it pietra dura which means “hard stone.” There are some pictures online of beautiful objects made this way, and a short article at Wikipedia. I wasn’t unfortunately able to find a photograph showing the whole of the table at Croft Castle. This one with all the lovely marbles looks more like a sample table than other types of pietra dura that show pictorial scenes.