Walk in the Woods (No. 3 of a sporadic series)

If you walk in the woods with me

leave your words at home.

Instead, join me in the ecstasy of solitude.

Leave your feet of clay

your accomplishments

your failures

the book you just read

your music

and listen

to the soprano trill of a chipping sparrow stippling the air

the bark of crows

the belch of bullfrogs from their emerald pond.

Float with clouds lumbering overhead

And see

the Red-tailed hawk, hanging,

for an instant, goddess of her universe

content in time.

If you walk in the woods with me

Leave your watch at home

and surrender to Wonder.

Enter the eternity of soil

the promise of life everlasting

in dirt.

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5 Responses to Walk in the Woods (No. 3 of a sporadic series)

  1. Anonymous says:

    If I promise to leave my words at home, can I come for a walk in the woods with you? A POEM!! I loved it!Kim

  2. Anonymous says:

    Vaguely related. I ran across this and thought of you. jvk“How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track.” -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am enjoying your series very much. I can smell the dampness of the earth and feel solitude all around me and yes, I will leave my words at home if I get to walk in the woods with you. Joyce

  4. DJ – I award you for leaving your words at home. Please stop by my blog and pick up your award.

  5. Beautiful and peaceful, evoking memories of walks in the woods years ago as a child full of wonder.

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