Thursday, 28 March 2013

Dark Side of the Moon

I love nature, but - like humankind - it has its dark side. While I have experienced the darker side of human nature at first hand from time to time just for being gay, I suspect other readers will have had similar experiences if for other reasons. It is one of our world’s greater tragedies that different people from different socio-cultural-religious backgrounds are not always born and raised to adopt ways of seeing, thinking, believing and acting that are compatible with a common humanity.

The good news is that the kinder side of nature and its human counterpart will eventually triumph over the cruel if not always how and when we would prefer.


I watched an owl
glide a path of moonlight
hover a certain spot
before selecting to swoop
on a prick-eared rabbit;
watched the owl
penetrate a cluster of stars
clutching its prey,
only to be sucked, in its turn,
into night’s open jaws

I crossed to the spot
where both owl and rabbit
had but followed
the harsher laws of nature
we’d rather forget;
where once, grass,
now splinters of broken glass
that pricked my palm
as I picked them, anxious
to remove all trace

No blood on my hands,
glass but as tears of the moon
for our having seen
life and death as if nothing
to choose between;
walked slowly home
mindful of a sharp chill in the air
and the vastness
of earth and skies sucking me
into its jaws

Copyright R. N. Taber 2010

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