Saturday, July 09, 2016

July in the North Woods

On this breezy evening in July, 
let's take the trail down to the woods.

Stand for a moment while the sun streams
 through the trees that rise over the cedar swamp.

Hold still and listen for bird song and beating wings.

Here in the woods, 
every bit of earth, 
every tree,
every rock and fallen feather,
tells a story.

In this mossy covered hollow log, a bumble bee makes her cozy home.

She has just landed after a long day of gathering,
of flying through meadows and hilly woodlands.

An old porcupine has lived in this burrow at the base of this gnarly old tree.  
We could knock, but I don't think he likes early evening visitors.

These deer bones tell a sadder tale, but one that is a
 natural part of the forest life cycle.

Even other hikers leave their mark, 
I wonder who left this colorful rock on a stump?

In the high meadow, 
insects with delicate wings
fly above fern and flower,
as the bramble-berries slowly swell.
The berries are green now and plentiful,
and there is satisfaction
 in patiently waiting for them to ripen.

The woods are full of promise.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.


Out on the prairie said...

Very nice, it was great to see through your eyes. I love the everything has a story idea, I often look that way myself.It coincides with my next post about listening better around you.

Marcie said...

Thank you, Steve. I will watch for your post about listening better! Enjoy the day!