Sunday, 5 October 2014

Who Do We Think We Are? OT Potential for Autobiography


We are not only creating our own personal history with every thought we pursue, but also writing our autobiographies with every step we take.

A daunting prospect…

WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? or POTENTIAL FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

There’s a reality that is but a dream,
life stories told in quickly turning pages
nor the amateur fiction it may seem,
tracking the poetry and prose of Ages

Wherever ordinary men and women 
share life’s adventures (everyday heroes),
life’s ‘failures’ exceeding expectation,
its poor getting by on election promises

The self, exposed to ever prying eyes
waiting to catch us out, see us take a fall;
mind, trying  to make sense of chaos,
spirit, left struggling to rise above it all

Half the world pressing on with ambition,
the rest of us left trailing imagination

Copyright R. N. Taber 2005; 2014

[Note: An earlier version of this poem first appeared in Ygdrasil, Journal of the Poetic Arts (December 2004) and subsequently in 1st eds. of A Feeling for the Quickness of Time: poems by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2005; revised edition in e-format in preparation.]



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