Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Progress, or Shades of Armageddon? OR Earmarked for Development


Several readers have asked when I intend to record more of my poems for You Tube. Well, soon I hope. However, Graham, my close friend and cameraman works full-time so is not often available and I have been unable to get anyone else interested.

For those of you who may be interested but haven’t yet seen and heard my capers on You Tube,
try: http://www.youtube.com/rogerNtaber  or keyword ‘Roger Taber You Tube

We only do it for fun (and that includes heading straight for the nearest pub afterwards) but hopefully people will enjoy our efforts. I will be posting more on You Tube throughout the year, weather and cameraman availability permitting.

Meanwhile...

The world's growing population requires that we provide for its housing and other needs. We should not forget, though, that nature provides not only for its own protection but ours too. Our taking from nature without giving back is already making itself menacingly felt in various ways, and will likely haunt future generations with even greater menace.

PROGRESS, OR SHADES OF ARMAGEDDON? or EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENT

World’s children playing
where trees and grass…
Listen! Bursts of laughter
like breaking glass…

In ones, twos, and threes,
drifting far, far, away
like the leaves on its trees,
birds that sung all day

Nobody comes here now,
grass concreted over…
Empty carbuncles in a row,
a dead bird, no laughter

(Nobody left likely to know 
how or why it became so...)


Copyright R. N. Taber 2004; 2016

[Note: This poem has been  revised since first appearing under the title 'Earmarked for Development' in The Third Eye by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2004.]

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