Monday, July 09, 2007

Midsummer Forest

Midnight's tears
The morning dew
Leaping sliver stars
Tickling mossy feet
(Do you see the wood frog?)

Shadows slip
Inside the trunks to sleep
Ladders into haze
Drowse away the day

Then the stars glow
Soft in summer's curtains
While ghosts in the hollows
Whisper restless dreams


Suzan Abrams, email: said...

Glad I popped by, Jason.
What a lovely poem.
So clearly the woods and hinterland embrace you as much as you do them. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the walk in the woods!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your thoughts and observations. And, I feel so honored to share this small piece of Earth with you: such a guardian of nature. I hope it will always be our utopia. I'm sure the creatures who truly own it will welcome us for years to come.

The Quoibler said...


You have such a natural affinity for bringing photos to life with just a few words... that's a real talent.

Quick Monday Brainstorm from Out of Nowhere:

Think you could offer a "contest" here where people send in pictures of nature (or whatever you'd prefer - birds, plants, dirt, water, sky, bark), then you could choose a winner and write a poem about it? I'd like to see that.

Conversely, perhaps you could display a photo and visitors could write poems about it.

(I just love the co-composing opportunities blogging provides.)

Incidentally, thanks for dropping by my site today. My next blog topic will be less likely to make you cringe!


Kim said...

The picture of the foliage and the wood frog is really lovely, Jason. I do like the way you see things.

Anonymous said...

Suzan, perhaps the pull is stonger than I think.

JLB, happy to take you all along. :)

Miranda, we'll leave it a better place, I think. It will certainly leave us better people. I look forward to many more quiet moments of sharing it with you.

Angelique, having people send pictures would be fun! I've done that twice before, and both turned into some of my favorite writing. One is the poem, "In the Shadow of Burnaby Light" and the other is the short story "Diamond Shoals." As for the reverse, I occasionally run flash fiction contests using a picture as a writing prompt. I'm due for one soon!

Kaycie, thanks for stopping and taking a moment to share my perspective. :)

Anonymous said...

this just makes me long for a walk in the woods. just to get lost among the trees for a bit.

Anonymous said...

Kate, funny you should say that. This is a bit embarrassing, but for a little while, we got lost on a particularly rugged part of our land. We ended up on our neighbor's land without realizing it.

All I can say is, slopes and ridges are crazy makers. Beware!

Unknown said...

Beautiful, all beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah), great to see you back in a new corporeal form!

Crafty Green Poet said...

very atmospheric!

Sissy Willis said...

No one here but us leaves. :-)