BRAVE NEW WORLD
… … …
everyman was born for this
this moment bright of sense, hope and reason
a borrowed spear, a salted tear, a kiss so soft and sweet
God, not fair as we count fair, went on ahead
left earth to spin, man to sin and virtue in a tin
I found it once, so well hidden
Who climbed the mountain top?
and saw a golden eagle soar, or heard the wild bear roar?
stepped inside a church to pray, asked a holy man the way?
when all we have is touch and feel and human love
the moment, the minute, the occasional sensation
I find its always so well hidden
and everyman must find the way
not born to pour his life away, when lost in indecision,
no time for God, no time for prayer, he finds the time to listen
the church may rob the soul, yet in the snow still glisten
but only God can make us whole, search deep within the soul
ignite the spirit given
Who first descended?
attended by some obscured, mutated passion?
the best dreams are often interrupted by the greyest, greenest mission
and everyman will have to choose his own particular obsession
or find within the joy of life, or learn the harshest lesson
they keep it so well hidden
everyman will reach journeys end
find their setting sun, finish then this marathon they run
and everyman is every woman, every child and every son
fractured vessels all, with tales of pain and valour, joy or squalor
everyman stands alone, a bit afraid of breathing now forever
darkness keeps this so well hidden
~ 50 year anniversary ~
#Authors Note ~ The poem is modelled on a piece I wrote around 1970. everyman was originally one of five diverse poems that were accepted for a published Anthology entitled something like – ‘This Britain’ which went on sale to the general public at that time. It was an Anthology of collected poetry that was intended to reflect the inner soul of the society of that day. It was multi-cultural and reflected work from the broadest possible section of 1970’s Britain – all ages, sexes, ethnicity, political or religious standpoints but the poetry although diverse included works of a recognised literary standard and became an important historic and cultural recorded document. I would love to obtain another copy.
everyman was the guide piece of the five I wrote which included four other Poems that together challenged the society of the time; social values, politics, law & order, police brutality and law enforcement, drug use and abuse, life experience including faith, religion and prejudice among other powerful issues.
The Poems themselves were regrettably mislaid around 1973/74 and I have since made repeated attempts to rewrite them – if not word for word – then with the aim of capturing the same forthright views, the optimism, verve, colour and intensity that I remember they were so brim full of. I was after all just 19/20 years old!
These re-written and now completed pieces I hope still apply themselves to society today making them as pertinent, relevant and I hope profound as I believe the original collection were that I wrote 50 years ago.
I have titled these Poems my personal “Brave New World” Collection and I hope to publish the remaining four re-writes on this Blog-site very shortly under that same heading. They should hopefully remind us of a time when society stood at the dawning of a time of optimism, hope and challenge. I offer them to you dear reader with my best, sincerest and heartfelt wishes! –