Saturday, 30 March 2013

Nature and Human Nature, A Collage

Life is frequently inclined to behave like a rush hour commuter, shoving us this way and that until we are confused, angry, despairing to the point of giving up the daily struggle to survive on the best terms available to us.

We may well seek some respite with nature.  Indeed, and why not?  For it is nature’s way more often than not to offer peace of mind, comfort, reassurance and hope as well as putting everyday human crises in perspective.

Ah, but neither does nature shirk from putting us mortals in our place any more than we mortals, each other.


Sunset, Apollo’s blushes
(for a failing humanity)

Dogma, missiles homing
in on the most vulnerable

Heavens healing wounds,
all God pundits divided

By dawn, subtle birdsong
calling for a kinder world

Clouds, weary foot soldiers
haunting political pundits

High noon, tears of the sun
(for all human prejudices)

Dead leaves, Earth Mother
all but given up on it all...?

Twilight, wrapping-up time
making our mess look good

Stars, all eyes on our 'betters'
ever negotiating moral highs

Darkness, mind over matter;
(pause for thought heroics)

Copyright R. N. Taber 2007; 2018

[Note: An earlier version of this poem appears in Accomplices To Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007]

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