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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
The Ghost of Our Old Selves
The world is too much with us 1
but never quite in focus.
I wish it would sometimes stand off
and not invade my space.
When we were children and the world
pressed in on every side,
we loved it so, were part of it.
Nature and we were seamless then.
Little of us we see in nature now.2
We crave some distance, a perspective.
Soft focus would be great -
anything but this close-in confusion.
The ghost of our old selves,
the natural man, is snagged
the other side of nature.
What's seen and what is known don't match.
If we could re-explore
the nature in our face -
spilt milk and honey, smudge -
we might find ways to reconnect.
Or is it language that we lack?
Words to differentiate,
unpick a language or a home,
sift fresh air from freshener.
1 The first line of a sonnet by William Wordsworth. Read it here
2 Remodelled from the third line of the same sonnet.
This is a Magpie Tales prompt.
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(I wonder what they won't let me do tomorrow!)