Beauty of Nature Poem

Getting Away From It All

Richard Allen Taylor wrote this poem about 20 years ago based on memories of living in Texas, briefly, over 40 years ago.

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Primitive Afternoon

© more by Richard Allen Taylor

Published: June 9, 2020

I asked for
this primitive afternoon
away from it all

absent alarms, clocks, reminders
no traffic noise, no sirens
no voices

unless you count
the throaty gargle of the creek
that runs through this Texas ravine

or the whisper of bluebonnets
that sway like a thousand tiny bells.
All the traffic I need is here

the pebbled rush of water 
the sporty-convertible wind in my hair
a gray feather racing downstream.

The shadow I cast
sitting here on a flat rock
bare legs dangling in the current

points to
whatever hour I choose
to write with a wet finger.

(This poem first appeared in James River Poetry Review and subsequently in the author’s chapbook, Something to Read on the Plane, published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2004.)

Used here with the author’s permission.


RICHARD ALLEN TAYLOR (Charlotte, NC) is the author of three published poetry collections, all from Main Street Rag Publishing Company: Armed and Luminous (2016), Punching Through the Egg of Space (2010) and Something to Read on the Plane (chapbook, 2004). His poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Rattle, Comstock Review, The Pedestal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Wild Goose Poetry Review,, and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. Taylor co-founded and for several years co-edited Kakalak, a poetry and art journal featuring the work of North and South Carolina artists and poets; and served as Review Editor for The Main Street Rag (2013 – 2019). After retiring from his forty-four-year business career, Taylor earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2015.


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