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Oh! Nature. Forgive Us! ©

Patrick Scott Hogg
Cumbernauld, Scotland
1997

This night the stars in glory reign.
The old moon hangs, begins to wane.
Daylight's fled to darkness hurled,
O'er the axis of a rolling world;
The sea stretches out for evermore,
Glittering moonbeams from the shore.
A film of shimmering waves and light,
Like a silken lace, dancing bright.
To the West a shooting star a-falling,
I hear a lonesome curlew calling.
All my worldly cares are soothed away,
Like the fallen sun rolls out its blanket of another day:
The lapping waves, dark on darker layer, with their sleep enchanting sway.

Quiet awe and wonder enwrap my soul,
To feel and know that Man and nature are one whole.
A silent solitary stroll becalms,
My contemplative mood when revolving thoughts turn -
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

This night a billion suns twinkle, forever distant flames,
Unfathomable, ever-stretching deep -
Emotions coalesce in wond'rous awe,
From head to umbilical, heart-blood earthly clay:
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when the seed to root bursts forth in life,
By carbon matter's symbiotic hue -
Arresting flower's petal bloom and warmth,
To fry its glory, wrinkled to the soil:
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when Man, unlike the rock, is thrust
On earth to live or die by his fleshy hand -
Consciousness explodes in birth to being;
Reason is the only light along the way,
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when the shadowed crater blasts, of time,
(Colliding meteor and comet),
In intermingled chaos, scar the Moon -
Our hearts-eye-mind looks up and sees a face?
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when the Cydonian sands of Mars,
In dry deathless winds, gust, gather and glow,
Etching, randomly, rock mountain patterns:
Lonely primate man cries loud, "Life is there!"
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when the cold forever universe
Touches the fragile heart of feeling man,
Who can but magnify this miracle;
This distilled, transitory moment - now:
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when living, is one life worthier
Than the broken, hungry, lead-souled children,
Who are promised eternal life in death?
Eye and heart know the ways of wicked men.
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when VIRTUE - Truth's unbending arrow
Lays blood-stain'd, as dark souls reign in power:
Nature's law is broken by the beast:
An oligarchal brute of grinning greed.
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!

As when the last bold ray of sunlight shines
On humankind, the Supernova sun
Explodes eternal darkness pole-to-pole,
And Nature's candlelight is ever gone -
Oh, Nature! Forgive Us!


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