‘Straining to Photograph a Distant Lake and Trees From a Moving Train’ by Damian Robin The Society September 16, 2013 Beauty, 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. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Evan Mantyk September 18, 2013 An interesting rhyme scheme, the order amidst chaos! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.