‘Straining to Photograph a Distant Lake and Trees From a Moving Train’ by Damian Robin The Society September 16, 2013 Beauty, Falun Dafa, Poetry 1 Comment The lake cradles symmetries of spring trees. The sky scries the membrane of wide waters: unseen breezes, like me, are passers-by somehow touching the lake, trees, reeds, clouds, sky. My eyes focus on these without shutters, curved lenses, flat prisms, mirrored degrees, or a cam’ra. Time is ev’rywhere. Chances come and go. Human measures don’t hold change; they’re certain to follow the universe and The Way: birth, stasis, degeneration, decay: and the core of Falun Gong: Zhen-Shan-Ren*. Our image of the cosmos moves so slow it’s like a photo. The lake acts still. Rests at perceived bound’ries. A discrete life. Its thoughts float and stir, share vast heavens, multi-universes, worlds’ peripheries, karmic reverses – images appearing out of nowhere, or trays of developing chemistries in a darkroom. My smartphone can’t pin down this transience. Digitalised snaps are surface soap suds, their skins can’t cope with what’s seen from the train. Though other unseen dimensions retain this spring moment, I strain to see buds. Yet I know they’re there – hiding their essence like pixels. *Zhen-Shan-Ren, Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, the universal principle of the new universe espoused by Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa. Damian Robin is a journalist and poet living in England. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related One Response Evan Mantyk September 18, 2013 An interesting rhyme scheme, the order amidst chaos! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.