Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Curtain Rising OR On Earth Mother's Watch

Sometimes we wake up and wonder why we bother. Time then to force ourselves to prepare for another day, throw open curtains and windows, breathe in deeply, imbibe the sweeter sounds and smells of life and let them inspire spite of everything that seems to be working against us.

Now, nature may be as fickle as humankind, but we only have to open our minds to acknowledge its capacity for life, love, and peace to feel invited and inspired to share in it all…and let sheer willpower do the rest.

No? Try it, and see.


Heart feeling top-heavy,
an ache in the soul,
and no one even here
to listen, everyone on vacation
or an answering machine

OK, well, let’s try again
to see life’s worthwhile,
sunshine through a misty rain
making flowers grow,
trust heavens in the know
to wipe tears, put smiles
faces lined with pain for going
that extra mile with many
who then let us down (badly),
longing for loved ones
far away or dead to hug us tight,
make everything all right

Listen! The trees are singing
in country, city, and town;
Look! Children playing, lovers
wishing on stars, life-forces ever
reaching out to us…

On Earth Mother’s watch

Copyright R. N. Taber 2007; 2014

[Note: An earlier version of this poem appears in 1st eds. of Accomplices to Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007; 2nd (revised) e-edition in preparation.]

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