Saturday, 31 May 2014

A Measure of Creativity, Good-Bad Poetry of Illusion

The cover for my collection On the Battlefields of Love (see below) was photographed by my friend Graham Collett, a graphic designer who also films and edits my You Tube channel, working wonders with my barely fit for purpose video camera; it shows the folly by the lake at Virginia Water just outside London. There was much evidence of repair work going on at the time that Graham had to Photoshop out to convey the bigger, better, picture. We were both struck by the creative power of illusion; it was like hanging on to a dream and experiencing it at its very best only seconds before having to wake up and let go…

Virginia Water was first dammed and flooded in 1753. Until the creation of the great reservoirs, it was the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles; the woodlands surrounding it have been continuously planted since the middle of the 18th Century


Like a folly satirizing our history,
love takes to task its fears;
nature’s last laugh on humanity

Home truths, the blackest comedy
imposed on we poor actors
like a folly satirizing our history

Glistening like a vision of eternity,
a lake of glad-sad tears;
nature’s last laugh on humanity

Watch how feisty skies effectively
feed on the world’s prayers
like a folly satirizing our history

Hear the trees compose a melody
falling mostly on cloth ears;
nature’s last laugh on humanity

Illusion, left to cascade prettily
down centuries of applause
like a folly satirizing our history;
nature’s last laugh on humanity

(Virginia Water, UK. May 9th 2009)

Copyright R. N. Taber, 2009; 2012

[Note: The poem was accidentally omitted from the volume, but later included in another collection Tracking the Torchbearer by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2012; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]

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