Thursday, 27 October 2016
Read the Hand, Write us Up OR Everyman, Diarist
By now readers will know the so-called Arab Spring has left those countries involved no better if not worse off than before. Well, that's world politics for you...]
Civil war has all but broken out in Libya yet People Power continues to make its voice heard across North Africa and the Middle East, ordinary men and women desperate for democratic reform and risking their lives for it. The human spirit is strong if vulnerable, proving time and time again that it can and will rise above tragedy. Perhaps, though, if more Western politicians even half understood Middle East politics and neither side did not always assume they know best...
As for Earth Mother, she is a fickle mistress. Nature gives and nature takes away. Perhaps, though, if we were a sight less inclined to bite its hand that feeds us, we might yet find ourselves in better shape to prevent humankind going to the dogs of war that have haunted its every step since the beginning of time.
The poem first appeared in Poetry Monthly International (2010) and subsequently in my collection.
READ THE HAND, WRITE US UP or EVERYMAN, DIARIST
There’s a hand that caresses the first buds of spring
and bids them grow;
it moves among summer corn in time for harvesting
by courtesy of Apollo
Where autumn’s leaves making ready for its turning,
it bestows a blessing;
when winter brings us to our knees, of life despairing,
it beckons us to spring
Where we run the gamut of love, hate, peace and war,
find, too, Earth Mother;
let Her fair hand caress and smooth the troubled brow
or we destroy each other
The question arises, dare we bite the hand that feeds us
and face the consequences
or do we accept it in a spirit of goodwill to all humanity,
put aside our differences?
Beware, or the hand that rocks the cradle may let it drop,
our world break up,
needs must, we learn to read the hand that’s writing us up
Back to school
Copyright R. N. Taber 200; 2016
Note: This poem was first published (without alternative title) in Poetry Monthly International, February 2010 and subsequently Tracking the Torchbearer by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2012.]