Poem ‘Abstract’


Duty is an abstraction
reality something else
It requires open eyes
a vision without frontiers
a heart of kindness, acceptance
of nature’s prevalence
not some token paradise
where we are an aberration


20,000 cormorants are too many
‘they’re eating all the fish’
Seven billion humans
are sustainable, though
not everyone has enough food

poem © copyright dfbarker 2012

***image © copyright Neil Smith


  1. claudia · March 11, 2012

    ugh…the ending made me swallow hard…isn’t it a shame that we don’t manage to divide the food that we have on this planet fair…?
    It requires open eyes
    a vision without frontiers… this is just so true.. and often we don’t have it..


  2. magsx2 · March 11, 2012

    So very true. 🙂
    Very well thought out.


  3. Ina · March 11, 2012

    Hi David
    A very good poem again.
    Wildlife has a real problem with us people I think. Here they shoot down wild geese because they eat grass seed, They also gas them.


  4. dfb · March 11, 2012

    Thank you Ina. Very sad, what they do to geese and other creatures.


  5. Cromwellshead · March 11, 2012

    Thank you Sir. And yes you are right.


  6. dfb · March 11, 2012

    Thank you Claudia!


  7. dfb · March 11, 2012

    Thank you Mags!


  8. Thomas Davis · March 11, 2012

    Ahh, the wisdom of the artist!


  9. Laurel's Reflections · March 11, 2012

    Brilliant perspective, thanks David!


  10. Explorations in Sacred Space · March 11, 2012

    Very good indeed. Reminded me of Gary Snyder’s “Cormorant.”

    Jamie Dedes


  11. dfb · March 11, 2012

    Jamie, I’m very grateful, thank you.


  12. Betty Hayes Albright · March 11, 2012

    David, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. Here they shoot sea lions (because they eat our salmon) and I could go on and on…. People think nothing of stepping on a spider, throwing trash into the sea…. We interfere with nature and its own wise ecology, while we overpopulate the planet and hog all the resources, and chop down the trees (they’re in the way of shopping malls)…. Thank you for this poem – it speaks volumes! (And now I’ll step carefully off my soapbox. 🙂 )


  13. dfb · March 11, 2012

    Oh, thanks Betty! You stay right on that soapbox and I’ll listen all day and night. Humans are supposed to be intelligent… I don’t see much evidence of it. 🙂 All the very best, Betty!


  14. Soma Mukherjee · March 12, 2012

    Oh we are not just messing with the wild life we have successfully messed up ours too..unequal distribution, where some have abundant and others dying of malnutrition…
    what a powerful poem David..kudos for handling it so well.

    David I have nominated you for Beautiful Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger Award
    If you choose to accept the awards please click the link to know more.
    have a great day 🙂


  15. dfb · March 12, 2012

    Soma, once again thank you so much for your comments and I am honoured that you have nominated me. Thank you!


  16. dfb · March 12, 2012

    Thank you again, Laurel.


  17. lostupabove · March 12, 2012

    It always depends on who is the judge when saying what or who is “too many”. Sadly, it’s us and history shows or very bad record. Loved it!


  18. dfb · March 12, 2012

    Thank you very much, Steph!


  19. pathwriter · March 12, 2012

    Well said, David. We must accept that every choice we make regarding nature has consequences for the planet and ALL of its inhabitants. A question that has stayed with me ever since I read it: “When you throw something away, what does ‘away’ mean?”


  20. granbee · March 12, 2012

    “open eyes
    a vision without frontiers
    a heart of kindness, acceptance
    of nature’s prevalence
    not some token paradise
    where we are an aberration”–WOW, so powerful and so very true! Thank you and bless you for this forthright poem today!


  21. Fergiemoto · March 12, 2012

    Very moving!


  22. Eve Redwater · March 12, 2012

    So much truth in your words David, the ending really hits home too…


  23. dfb · March 13, 2012

    Granbee, thank you very much, once again.


  24. ravenofleyla · March 13, 2012

    A sad truth…we must awaken to such matters, not only offer solutions but make them so 😀
    Beautiful xx


  25. dfb · March 13, 2012

    Yes, I agree, mankind’s domination of earth must end. We must co-exist with all fauna and flora. Thank you


  26. bardessdmdenton · March 15, 2012

    As with Betty, this is a subject I feel very strongly about too!

    of nature’s prevalence
    not some token paradise
    where we are an aberration’

    That is so powerful, David! And the second stanza speaks a truth that so needs to spoken!


  27. dfb · March 15, 2012

    Thank you so much! Yes, there’s no getting away from it, if aliens are watching us, and they have sorted out their own rapacious natures (they must’ve done otherwise they wouldn’t still exist!), they would be looking at us as if we were a disease. Presumably, though, they would surely teach us how to co-exist with nature and not obliterate it.


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