I left formal religion to worship nature. I find divinity in all the gifts Mother Nature has shared with us.
I hug trees. Maples are my favorite. They have a great eco-rhythm.
I dig my toes into sun-warmed soil and soak up the Earth’s energy.
I inhale oxygen and marvel over the science of what makes humans live off something colorless and without form.
I run my fingers over flower petals, leaves, stones, caterpillars, loving the unique sensations each bring.
I spread out in the grass, the blades cushioning my body, meshing with my hair, absorbing me into its green.
I am connected to it all, a giant wheel that constantly turns, grows, changes.
Most of the poetry I write is about nature. I spend a ton of time outdoors and frequently find inspiration in what I witness. A tree’s reflection in a pond. A bird’s flight across the sky. A cricket’s nighttime song. It’s all art and music to me, and I try my best to capture it with words so I can share the experience with others.
I took my students on a poetry walk through the outdoor classroom and nature trail we built behind our school. We stopped off to observe one of my poems that was put on a plaque and installed on a regal-looking boulder back there.
howl their chorus
over frosted lands.
heavy with snow
dream of budding.
as ice imprisons them.
reach to the gray sky
in silent prayer.
Searching for inspiration, students brought notebooks and wrote down observations. They sat quietly and listened. They got on their hands and knees in the leaves and became part of the woods.
We don’t do that enough. Become part of the outdoors. The health benefits are many. The chances of finding your Muse are abundant as well.
Connecting with a high power in nature is a guarantee.
Students came back into the classroom and composed poems that rocked. Full of imagery and figurative language, they wrote as if fueled by an eternal flame. I hope they always remember that nature is there for them, just waiting to be explored, waiting to help.
Waiting to embrace.
Where will you walk today? What will you find?
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