Far from Equilibrium Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop

Far From Equilibrium Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop Far from Equilibrium Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop

Far from Equilibrium


Amidst cacophony:

the wood’s silence emits

hidden sounds.


A branch falls:

already risen from the dead,

an ancient shift decays.


Wolf on hill,

lichen, resin, pine,

old day, smells.


Little bird

on top of a mountain pine

sings the blues.


Pine cones

in the wood’s cemetery

await resurrection.


Shadows caress

mingled pine needles

lost to their trees.


Canopies cascade

in defiance and embrace

of natures flow.


In the wood

canopies don’t argue

about space.


Gnarled roots

bust the paths

& feet.




The mill on the hill

landmarks the village below:

the signs say so.


A pathway’s trees & fields

conceal an extended motorway

revealed only by its noise.



A conjuring trick,

like a rabbit out of a hat,

galaxies in all directions.


Lost on the hill,

you track extensions,

cell phones & satellites.


Fear grips

the gut, a gradient

of civilization!




Behold in your air

the majesty of nature,

which you cannot share.


Not even with her,

who, like you, will disappear.


Further down

season’s rushing river,



stillness & motion,

dissipative & liberating.




The story lingers on

after the moment’s gone;

a memory forms.


In presence space,

different intervals compete:

a homecoming.


Existence is mortal,

order out of chaos, eternal,

time ephemeral.


The way is strewn

with paths not taken

on looking back.




City street names:

ghosts that cast us as shadows

into their sunsets.


In sunsets:

shadows grow longer

than time’s arrow.


Suburban wasteland,

rubbish littered allotments,

a wreckage for the bins.


Spring 2012,

it’s never too early

for radiant false cherry.


Park signs:

wash the animals

after touching them.


Trees watch us

hide our roots

in heavy boots.




Evening sierra:

the clouds giving depth

to escaping colours.




Far from Equilibrium Poem Copyright Robin Ouzman Hislop
Originally published The Poetic Bond 11 (2012) (ISBN 978-1480209732)

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