Monday, 12 April 2021


 POEM : Albatross by www.bestpoet.co.nz
God took little tufts of feathers and fashioned them with love
And thus gave man sparrows, nightingales and doves.
Then God invented Physics which has lots of gravity,
Then one almighty saline pack - which Adam called the sea.
“Not bad,” said the devil “but when push doth come to shove,
No intrepid spirit blazes from your boring little dove.
Your creatures are like rusting nails on your salty brine,
Not waterproof, they are drowning, all the blooming time!”
So God took icebergs, fishes, waves storm-tossed,
And out of God’s wind tunnel burst the mighty albatross!
“Oh dear,” said Old Nick, “I’ll be scheming overtime,
To impugn The Lord’s creation - God’s bird is so sublime!”
Thus earthly bounds and heaven became this seamless entitity -
A tapestry of albatross birds gliding o’er the centuries.
Vain man began religions when he found he could not fly -
Religions gave man a soul, that at least got him off the ground.
But Taoism clashed with Dualism - man’s debates they grind all night,
Still the albatross glides on and on - that perfect spiritual sight.
Airlines fly you to beliefs that promise you sleep at night:
“Come on kiwis - be Air New Zealand’s cut-price acolytes!”
“Virgin Blue specials the Vatican for a GE dispensation -
A few more dollars gets you Fatima and Our Lady’s commiseration.”
I hope when I succumb to cities’ soots and rain acidity,
Part of problematic man’s spiralling descents
And his token green parties’ micro two percents -
I’ll go easyriding gliding, with the albatross birds at sea.

 

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