Saturday, 7 March 2015

A Feeling for Landscape

Many thanks to those readers who have been in touch to say they have enjoyed some of the novels serialized on my fiction blog:

I hope to upload them as e-books at a later date. [I have been unwell for some time; there were initial problems with prostate cancer during the early days of hormone therapy, and last summer I had a bad fall which left me with a smashed heel and unable to walk for months. However, I am on top of all that now if still experiencing some difficulty walking and have returned to working on Book 2 of my fantasy novel Mamelon which I hope to start serializing later this year.]


 There are few scenes more amazing about any landscape that particularly captures the imagination than sunbeams dancing on the back of a blast of rain.

They may well strike at the heart, those sunbeams, and open it up for nature, human nature and our own self-consciousness to make of their findings what they will...


Glorious landscape under a rainbow;
life force Sun come again,
Apollo haunting the evergreen slopes
of Parnassus…

Birdsong, a bouquet of happy hearts
sending out a message
of hope and joy, offering sad souls
some respite from pain,
dreams to aspire, well worth recalling
where any rainbow’s turning
reveals no ages-old mythical ending
likely to help compensate
for some bleak, unfulfilling spring
(summer, too?) till autumn
takes its cue from our tears, prelude
to a wintry season of longing
for a (far) kinder spring and summer
than came upon us once
like opportunist magpies to egg-birds,
leaving a trail of blood
more likely even than Joseph’s coat
of, oh, so many colours
to be misunderstood by those of us
anxiously looking for meaning…

Let cloud faces make what they may
of all they (and we) see, hear,
say or do, and the landscape we view
share its secrets (and mine) with you

Copyright R. N. Taber 2004; 2015

[Note: An earlier version of this poem appears 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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