The realistic tone of 'Save Us From' seems all too familiar to those who have spent a night driving through an unknown area on the long stretch of interstate. Constantly glancing down at the gas gauge, we'll guess how much farther it is till the next gas station; the next oasis of life amongst the dark, impersonal night. This poem by Roo Borson highlights our efforts to seek comfort and beauty in the unnatural.
"Save us from night, from bleak open highways without end, and the fluorescent oases of gas stations, from the gunning of immortal engines past midnight," Realism attempts to present life as it is, with its flaws, with all its strengths and weaknesses, and all of its faults. Although a strong presupposition of realism is one of a negative or harsh nature and longs for 'what used to be', this poem presents the reader with an ironic view of reality.
It glorifies that which we tend to escape from through writing and literature.
"from orange and brown and all unearthly colours, banish them back to the test tube, save us from them," This section of the poem starting at line 16 shows the speaker's frustration with the falsified beauty we force on ourselves. The speaker banishes them back to the test tube in effort to allow the natural to rise. This sort of frustration is evident throughout the poem; like when everyone seems preoccupied with the pseudo and doesn't take notice to the simple and good things in life. The tone of this poem continually seems frustrated and almost angry at the repetition of our own determination to prioritize the simplicity of life.
"from floor-length drapes which close out the world, from padded bras and rented suits, from any object in which horror is concealed."...