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Human Life Mirror Poem with Natural Metaphors

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is another human life story with natural world metaphor.

Looking Forward and Back, Aspiring to Fall Longer

cutting down illusions
to grow delusions
catching up with heroines
once appeared advanced aliens
heroes turned real
rotating on life wheel

sitting atop clear peak, clouds roll in descending

only rock lives naturally
mountain top eternally
diving into deepest ocean
mask obscuring human emotion
sinking solace bliss
deep silent abyss

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Long Poem Introduces Poetic Reflection Thoughts

Whether you look
left or right
west or east
north or south
there is no complete
truth in the words
of humanity
living in

The future is all pure
clean and untainted.

And if you look
far enough to the past
when humanity
lived with nature
it looks maybe.

But I wasn’t there
so I don’t know
how true that is.

And the only time
in the future
I know will be true
for me
is when I cease
to be.

Those who succeed
are not the ones
who see the iceberg
and it try to dismantle.

They are the ones
who ready themselves
on approaching the iceberg
and go around it.

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

English: Iceberg 3
English: Iceberg 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry about the long poetic introduction, but I was inspired by Marc Latham’s See Below Sea poem and its reflection, which it was paired with in his 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections book.

I just noticed the book has come down to a new super low price of £2.83 in the U.K. on Amazon; which is about a penny for each of his thoughts; and lots of other currency equivalents I’m sure.

The above See Below Sea link is for fmpoetry.wordpress.com, and an original version of the poem was also published on EveryDayPoets.

Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the ...
Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, 5 Jan 1911 (Photo credit: National Library NZ on The Commons)

I know you’ve all got busy Saturday things to do, and I include relaxing in that, and think I am in danger of overstaying my welcome, so here’s Reflection 6 of 121:

Although inspired by nature, the iceberg of this poem is a metaphor for the human psyche.

As it is only an iceberg’s tip visible above the surface, most people only have a little of their personality, experiences and thoughts on show in society at any one time.

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Human, Wolf, Animal and Nature Art from Google+

Slovenčina: Bronzová plastika Andyho Warhola n...
Slovenčina: Bronzová plastika Andyho Warhola na bratislavskej Ventúrskej ulici (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve had greenygrey human, wolves, animals and natural environment focused XaW Files, so what could be the fifth and last XaW File. Well, super fittingly for the former Andy Wolfhol, it’s art focusing on the previous four categories.

Search for Andy Warhol of GG World

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey Creation in the absence of Andy Wolfhol; our inspirations in the human world are Baron Wolman and Andy Warhol.

Having analysed my files, the Greenygrey has decided that the far east of Russia is the best place to start the search for ol’ Wolfhol, with strong signals received from that location in the Googlesphere.

So, having started its epic journey in the human world on the west coast of North America, the Greenygrey will be journeying close to that location, only a little north across the Pacific Ocean; over the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Strait from its original awakening, but below the Chukchi Sea (C3?).

Inma Fernandez on Google+
Ram Dass (Love Serve Remember Foundation) on Google+
J.ignacio Pila on Google+
“I give you my heart” by Angela Lergo, by art-profiles.com on Google+
J’adoore on Google+
diamantino ferreira on Google+
Arka Devbil on Google+
Ray Butler on Google+
Unknown original poster
list25 on Google+
HaldeCraft on Google+
Grethe Flaaten on Google+
Jorge Banha on Google+
berryluvlie b. on Google+
Eva pilar garcia garcia on Google+
Jorge Banha
Jorge Banha: Paintings by Paco Pomet – Xaxor
Jorge Banha: portraits drawn on vintage maps by Ed Fairburn
Jorge Banha
Stu Pitt Moran
Mohammed alsaad
Maxim Rodionov
Brendan Torazzi


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Poem of Human and Animal Mind Conservation

Marc Latham thinks his latest Folding Mirror poem has several inspirations. Here on WordPress a discussion on City Jackdaw‘s blog got Marc thinking about a question asked: Is it the appreciation of art, and of beauty, that sets us apart?

Marc’s also been doing a little biological research on the web, thinking about doing a poem about the two halves of human and animal bodies, getting as far as bilateral symmetry. There’ll hopefully be more poems about that in the future.

It’s Right to Conserve What’s Left 

That’s in its early stages, and this poem quickly developed into a wildlife and nomadic tribes focus, no doubt inspired by Marc recently finding lots of interesting environmental conservation and Native American groups on Facebook and Google+.

Finally, he was listening to old Scorpions and Rainbow music before and while writing the poem, and they have some spacey environmentally conscious songs. So instead of the usual photos above and below the poems he’s embedded the videos.

Human Direction, Wildlife Freedom

nothing left, or up
outside the human mind
written down at least
do dolphins think
in such a way
or do they see the ocean
as eagles fly the sky

turning by sonar, circling on instinct

the land was once open
for nomadic tribes to follow seasons
each day like play
not worrying over
making roots of concrete
inside living mother earth
feeling down, squandered right

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Poem about Meaning of and Surviving Life

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem needs no introduction on a grey June day.  So here it is:
Life has More Meaning than Death
the world is probably not as exciting
for me as most people,
losing has more meaning than winning.
both small moments in time
that will not change anything,
my important tomorrow
is time’s irrelevance
one important day, time’s second thought
live for meaning
in today’s feelings,
staying the same is better
than not living at all,
playing your part is not submitting.
one animal of many species
still searching for its creator and reason
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk)

Poem about Great Spirit Divided for War and Power

Cooks' Cottage, by S. R. Morse
Image via Wikipedia
Marc Latham is reading Peter Prew’s The Human Reality at the moment, and it inspired this poem.  Prew argues that humanity has been showing the same signs of delusion as a schizophrenic since it gave up its nomadic way of life; when it lived at one with nature and had a horizontal social stratification under the Great Spirit.
Prew considers that since human communities grew and became sedentary, the social stratification has become vertical, and this has led some humans to seek power and declare themselves special under their god.  Consequently, this has led to wars with other human communities, who have also developed in a similar way.  Prew believes it has also led to enslavement and poverty for many.
Here’s the poem, which is roughly cross-shaped.  The title is a play on the old idiom, Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth.
Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth
Sky gods whispered
to Earthmother of the
natural harmony,
the Great Spirit of all.
But humanity hid it under monotheism
Jesus Christ crucified for humanity’s sins
Prophets followed speaking of God dreams
people were kept in dark
resources sacrificed
with love to representatives
of warring Gods.

Poem Plays with Words and Pays World

Disparities Solution Center Anniversary Event
Image by Office of Governor Patrick via Flickr
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has a social conscience.  Although its message is not new, it tries for originality with its use of words and rhyming.
The top half of the poem has a double rhyming of ‘ity’ words on the top half, and the bottom half has a double rhyming of ‘ion’ words.
Does that make sense?  Please check it out for yourself:
Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Homo-sapiens became the height of clarity and hilarity
knowledge of sanity at backend of insanity
yet impoverished humanity can’t break parity from disparity
human is in the middle of inhumanity
media show images of construction coming before destruction
leaders use rigged elections or God’s intervention
justifying wars and excusing pollution is our evolution