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Rainbow Lake

Early Dark, originally uploaded by Roadduck99.

Before you know what serenity is, you must fly
In a small airplane
With canoes for feet
That takes you from deep in the forest
And carries you over a breathing map
With miles of trees and iridescent ponds
To deeper in the forest
Where no people are
Because the hike is too long
And the streams are too narrow

Before you know what serenity is
You must wake before dawn
And sit beneath the moon
Among the stars
And hear the drops from last night’s rain
Fall a second time
From the pine boughs
And listen to the loons greeting their friends
Who live on another pond
Miles away

(inspired by the Naomi Shihab Nye poem “Kindness“)

From on High


8 responses

  1. Bruce Fournier

    Beautiful~ !

    January 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

  2. Lovely! I can hear the cicadas and the crickets (in a good way! When did “crickets chirping” get such a bad rep??)

    Anyway, I love how your poem has evolved. The photo adds so much. Thank you for sharing.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    • Joe

      Thanks, Rhonda. I think crickets are great. If there were crickets out today, they’d be covered with snow.

      January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  3. Just beautiful, Joe! Great to see the photos too!


    January 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    • Joe

      Thanks, Laraine!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  4. michelle

    Excellent, Joe. Love it.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    • Joe

      Thanks, Michelle.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

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