Cast from expectations of treeless horizons
and concrete enforced cities,
we landed here within the forest
which quickly enveloped us.
Towering pines scatter the August afternoon
and we run through fallen needles and shadows.
At the end of the day we rest in the native grases
and watch butterfly wings open and close.
Regardless of what the trail is made of,
it connects us to the earth,
guides us through the forest,
allows us to be within.
A quiet evening as the dust settles
and chaos is held at bay,
watching the sunset
with nature’s creatures.
These moments defining a life
provide peace and a bit of
knowledge grounding our place
to and within the world.
Against an evening sunset
and blue backdrop a pair of ravens
circle, descend, and ascend a last time
before landing in pine trees beginning to green
as the last holds of winter give.
Clinging to limbs as the winds
arrive in gusts from across the lake
they call to others a few trees over
and we watch this conversation take place.
Early morning walk to the empty fields
and the blue sky filled with birds.
Wind through the trees
refreshing as closed eyes
cleared the mind
making room for nature.
Finding calm and peace in this world, a challenge, a frustrating challenge.
But outside that door or window, nature. This can take many forms and does not have to be as extreme as mountains, deserts, or jungles. I believe what is essential for our well-being is to seek a balance between ourselves and the world around, and this is accomplished when the energy within interacts with nature, encompassing the same building blocks of life and particles as us. When you take a deep breath, the air composed of the same materials will replenish within us what has been lost or damaged. We are truly made of the stars and they, nature, can sustain and nourish us.
It can be wetland grasses covered with snow.
Or the sun shining through trees.
Or a frozen berry clinging to a tree.
Moving through empty space,
living within the void
at the mercy of science and gravity
our feet hold firm to this planet,
providing shelter, food, water
and the fragile recipes for life.