Cyclamens : A reflection
“Human kind cannot bear very much reality” TS Eliot
Backed by sunlight
Cerise petals glow and shimmer
Undulating leaves below
On polished table top
Like Plato’s cave
On the reflection;
The leaves –
Too vigorous, too abundant, too crowded
The flowers –
Too brilliant, too forceful, too shocking
We settle for the mirror image
Note: Plato suggested that most of us are like people chained in a cave with light behind them, watching the shadows of other living creatures reflected on the cave wall in front of them. The allegory implies that most of us are happy with the shadowland (the impermanent and thus illusory creation) and dare not look directly at the light of truth (which is eternal).
Is there any truth in the suggestion that one of the reasons we allow our minds to be dominated by the fictions of past and future is because we cannot face the stark reality of the present moment? Is reality too much for us to bear, as Eliot suggests?