Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Poem for Thought

This is a poem by Nathan Brown, Norman, Oklahoma. I encountered it whilst on retreat at Laity Lodge and really liked it so I thought I would post it here. I don't have permission, but if he sees it and complains I will gladly take it down again.

Between Two Artists

Dear God,
I have always admired
your work. And were it not for that,
I wouldn't bother you with this.

But I must say, your installation peice
at the Point Lobos Nature Reserve
above Big Sur simply goes too far.

The Monterey Pines are too tall,
the Cypresses too fanned out
in perfection with trunks tied
to intricate knots that would take
centuries to unravel.

The cliffs appear
superimposed for dramatic effect
with impossible jags giving way
to fairytale caves that burst forth
gushes of blue water like a French soda
topped with cotton candy cream spray.

The crashes of waves and explosions of foam
are too much like a Disney Land ride.
There are too many kinds of birds, too many
varieties of plants, and too much color in both.

In short, it lacks integrity. It does not speak
to the truth of the way things are. And I don't
think viewers will trust or believe its authenticity.

(From 'Suffer the Little Voices', Greystone Press, Edmond OK 2005)

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