Sunday, 20 July 2014

L-I-F-E, a Balancing Act

Life, death, it’s an eternal balancing act...for nature as well as for humankind. Oh, we like to think it’s down to us to maintain a reasonable balance but let’s not underestimate the power of the natural world to put us right...


On the crest of a wave like a surfer poised to head
for home in a swirl of raging foam

Nature re-birthing us, milk at the breast, in the best
tradition… survival of the fittest

Life forces, challenging the spirit, proof of humanity
against evidence to the contrary

Humanity, in majesty, going it alone in a lion’s den
bringing us into our own again

Survival, won through to applause (hearts and minds)
or passive acceptance?

Humankind, surfing a primeval wisdom, reworking
a pact with The Unknown

Copyright R. N. Taber 2004; 2010

[Note: An earlier version of this poem first appeared in an anthology, Watch the Dawn, Poetry Now (Forward Press) 2003 and subsequently in 1st eds. of The Third Eye by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2004; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.] 

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