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 our shortcomings

Mosquitoes, like missiles
homing in like scalpels

Heavens healing wounds,
(God pundits divided)

By dawn, subtle birdsong;
State of the Union

Clouds, wary foot soldiers
at the ballot box

High noon, tears of the sun
at the world's end

Sycamores, angels waiting
on Armageddon

Twilight, wrapping it all up
to look pretty

Stars, left to take the moral
high ground

[From: Accomplices To Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007]

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