Nature Mocks – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: taken in the wheatbelt on old “Southbourne”

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” John Locke

Nature Mocks

A fence appeared on my horizon,
a remnant of some thought
contained in an ideal once potent,
real, now long forgotten, and the lie 
of the truth is in the light, whereby 
the clouds tell of black as new posts,
while the sun speaks clearly of rusted 
ages, the story of a time of certainty 
now questioned, no longer true, and I 
wonder who put it here and what they 
had hoped for in this place where 
nature gives no quarter and slowly
mocks the fence.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, bush walking, Country, Farm, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

10 responses to “Nature Mocks – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh, those old fences. Thank goodness for Nature’s mocking.


  2. Here in northern New England, Nature doesn’t bother with mocking past attempts to contain it. The forest just reclaims the land. Surprisingly quickly.

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  3. Nature vs. Man – classic , eco


  4. Fences actually don’t make the best neighbors.


  5. Paul, a very beautiful and atmospheric poem. There is something hauntingly mysterious about the remnants of the past.

    I always enjoyed exploring abandoned farms and homesteads in Shenandoah National Park, VA, where some of my relatives used to live before the park was established in the 1930s. I lived near the park from about 1960-1995.

    The old apple trees still bore edible fruit. The flowers still bloomed around house foundations in spring…lilac bushes, tiger lilies, daffodils, and fragrant roses…family graveyards that families still visited and adorned with flags and flowers. And yes, rusting fences.

    Take care, Paul. thank you for the bit of nostalgia.


  6. Charis Counselling

    This stirred some deep memories and emotions for me – but I love that nature reclaims our human endeavours to tame it even cities and concrete cannot stand against it


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