Friday, February 28, 2014

To the Forest, Dark and Deep

Owl in a Port Alberni back yard

I thought I'd put my heart into a poem,
and take it to the forest, dark and deep,
find the mossy path, the broken limb,
a perch from which to read the trees to sleep.

So sonorous, all words verdant and green,
so soft the moss, the pages all between.
I turn them, leaf and fern, salal and flower,
sweet and protected, in my leafy bower.

The dark will tiptoe in on doe-like feet,
will settle tenderly upon the boughs,
and I softly away, and smiling sweet,
the forest safe and dreaming deep, for now.

Oh forest dear, my sanctuary blessed,
it is to you I come, when I seek rest.

I was sitting here, blank-headed as always, when the thought arrived to attempt a sonnet. How distinctly odd.

34 comments:

  1. Odd? When you channel, you don't hold back. Lovely.

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    1. I'm so happy to revisit the forest poem meeting the poem of forest and the poets of both.

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  2. I agree with Susan. Perhaps you don't think of yourself as a sonnet poet, but your words knew they could form a sonnet. Beautiful, Sherry.
    Luv, K

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  3. what an owl! and a lovely read. the form fit perfectly ~

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  4. Coming to a forest when you need rest resonates with me as well, Sherry.

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  5. Love love love love love love love.

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  6. This is soooooooo gorgeous! I love it and the owl!

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  7. so delightful and full of peace...love the poem......

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  8. I like the way you depict the forest as a comforting shelter, Sherry!

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  9. walk in a forest always draws a joyous smile upon my face, as did this reminder of yours :)

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  10. How distinctly wonderful Sherry! Anything to do with nature is perfect!

    Hank

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  11. When the dark tiptoes in, I want to be there too!

    Rain on the Rooftop

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  12. Ah, I liked the sonnet. Well I like how you rocked it. It's hard to make the sonnet sound respectable actually, but you definitely did it justice.

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  13. i seek rest/solace in the same places...in the forest dark and deep...cool pic of the owl as well...

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  14. And a lovely sonnet it is dear Sherry… forests are for rest and restoration for me as well.

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  15. Reading this lush and refreshing poem was nearly as rejuvenating as the visit to the forest itself. Thank you.

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  16. I love the sonnet form and the muse of your words - the forest, an sanctuary of rest ~

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  17. i wished i could write a sonnet like that. :)
    a joy to read!

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  18. The way you write your sonnet is like that of a dear lover.. really really nice.. the rhymes so carefully selected for the softness of the wood...

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  19. Oh my heart lives where your heart lives! I just LOVE this love song to the forest! Bravo!

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  20. As Susan said, you channel beautifully--this speaks so wonderfully of your love of nature

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  21. Beautiful! I especially like that first stanza.

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  22. Damn, what a nice poem! Loved reading it! :)

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  23. And now you're writing rhyme schemes completely unprompted!? Wow! And this one is wonderful!

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2014/02/27/prompts-and-promises/

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  24. Sherry,

    Your poetic cup does indeed overflowth with words of great and pleasing wisdom. A delightful perch from which to observe the great beauty of forest life. That is what you enjoy most Sherry:)
    Happy Sunday and week ahead,
    Eileen

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  25. A lovely sonnet, Sherry. The rhymes are so soothing, echoing the peace & rest found in the forest. I, too, find solace in nature. Smiles :)

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  26. Sherry,

    This is a beautiful poem..that speaks to my spirit as I find the forest to be a place of refuge filled with mysteries.

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  27. you caught that sense of peace that comes with being amongst the trees and Nature..

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  28. Such a beautiful write, inspired.

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  29. Nature is always comforting...beautiful write Sherry! :)

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  30. Sherry, oh! how your words comfort me...

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  31. Lovely sonnet . Your blog always makes me feel at peace. You're a "Peace Blogger " aptly !

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  32. I can see you, Sherry, reading the sonnet! Lovely <3

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