Peter Taylor

Against the Horizon

Against the horizon,
you must always consider

three skies: the one you see,
the one you think about,

and the one that’s really there.
Our illusions falter on an edge

we prefer to imagine,
a definition beyond sight.

But the eye has no horizon,
the mind no extension

beyond itself. Each sky
is the mirrored apprehension

of its own idea, and each idea
propels us further into

the essential symmetry of landscape,
which neither reaches nor recedes.



Peter Taylor has published three books and his poems, which explore how history and imagination shape our perceptions, have appeared in nine countries. Peter Taylor lives in Aurora, Canada.

This poem has previously appeared in Canadian Family Physician, 2005

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