Monday, 25 January 2016

Wake-Up Call OR Skylark, Icon for a Free Spirit

I suspect many if not most of us are inclined to misinterpret images conjured up by our dream selves, failing to see them as warning signs and as good a reason as any to take a closer look at ourselves…

The dawn chorus, for some of us, can be something of a wake-up call in more ways than one, lifting spirits and appealing to a bold imagination and spirituality, but only if we let it.

Too often, we get stuck in  psycho-emotional rut of our own making and we need to listen to nature's song, tap into its freely flowing potential for positive thinking.


Glad chorus
greets a dawn birthing
a Brave New World,
poor copy of Eden’s
fairer face

Love in the air,
snakes in long grass,
good and bad
sharing our burden
of choice

Lark, skylark,
dear symbol of light
and beauty,
victim of Man’s
sheer apathy

Let us not dwell
on any fears haunting
our pillows,
all that’s between us

Follow the skylark,
take a cue from nature,
seize the day
for the beauty we see
in one another

Copyright R. N. Taber 2000; 2016

[Note: This poem is a later version of the original that appears in 1st eds. of Love and Human Remains by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2000 as ‘Alarm Call’; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]

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