Treasure Island

Mark R Slaughter


Mother Nature


Don't be fooled, it's Mother Nature –
Evil shimmers in the creature –
Absolutely nil of nice to greet you.
Only your selective mind has
Chosen what to see:
A pretty flower, furry mammal,
Butterflies of flashing colour –
Camels trekking on without a drink.

But do you ever stop to think?
Nature is what nature does:
The tearing up of flesh;
A scrawling victim dashed with toxin,
Struggling flies enmeshed in webs;
The cuckoo after all is just a parasite!

Darwin knew this many years ago –
The struggle for survival of the genes,
Using mighty panoplies of
Organisms: their machines.
But under selfish, brutal drive,
Crushingly, they survive and carry on
Through many generations
– And then again, and yet again...

Mutations, errors, and suffering,
Geological events,
Slaughter of the innocent –
So why be meek and reticent?
Dawkins chose to thunder on
And say his peace – God? How come?
Richard knows that when he goes,
That's it! Oh Shit!

You have a brain to model situations
– Those in which you're under threat –
So to help you thrive.
That is why you drive imagination to the limits –
Because you can…
You control exactly what to see through wonderment.
And so you cheat yourself!
A turning of a blind and silent eye;
Pretend that nature really is a glorious ride
Of beauty – just ignore the ugly side.
But sanity is what you crave
To steer you 'way from this depraved
And chilling life,
That has to face her: Mother Nature.




Copyright Mark R Slaughter 2009










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N ature nature, Mother Nature
Nature, nature do you care?
Nature nature, Mother nature
Mother nature ate yer!
Nature nature, Mother nature
Nature nature are you there?
Nature nature, Mother nature
Mother nature hate yer!
Nature, nature, nature bait yer

Submitted: Sunday, October 04, 2009
Edited: Saturday, July 16, 2011

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  • Marie Shine (10/4/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    Wow! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Well Mark, you've certainly brought out the other side of dear Mother Nature in this well written poem! It is true that we colour our own reality and like Mother Nature, we too have a dark side and we can be just a fickle. The imagery in this poem is amazing and so honest, no frills - just plain honest to God truth in every line. An inspired write Mark. I've loved reading this poem - a great pleasure dear friend. Me? Think I'll close my eyes and just see the good side of everything - the glass half full instead of half empty! Guess we can't have it everyway. THANK YOU for sharing Mark. (Report) Reply

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