A Stranger's Presence


By: Wayne Brown

The quiet solitude of an early morning at the edge of the forest

Where soft rain has fallen through the night

The wind has lost its presence and the air is vacant of all sound

Peace and solitude reign supreme in this tiny space

The dampened ground offers no resistance to my treading feet

The sun not yet peeking from beyond the clouds

This wetness is evident all about as droplets still hang on pine needles

No voices of protest are recorded on the wind

Birds lingering in the tree branches; still quiet in their nighttime roost

Insects crawl about the dampened respite

Quiet is all about and all witnessing it remain silent in awe

This tiny world is in balance and at peace in the moment

I slowly move to the edge of the trees; respecting the silence there

A stranger attempting to be invisible amidst

I feel the chill of early morning in the air; damp from nighttime rain

I feel serenity and a oneness with time in this place

The sun slowly emerges from the curtain of the clouds so thick above

Rays of light streak the treetop canopy

The sun’s warmth has joined this peaceful spot with respectful solace

Nature is in harmony in this beautiful moment in the world

I take my leave as quietly as I have come; not wishing to break the pact

Silence holds this moment in nature together

Slowly I move back away from this serene place of natural beauty

Feeling the presence of God’s Amazing Grace as I return to my world

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© 2011 Wayne Brown

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

A most lovely write, Wayne!

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marellen 5 years ago

Very beautiful Wayne, to experience those moments with nature is so far and few between. I felt like I was there, one with nature.

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pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

Wow, lovely-worded! I felt the freshness & peace in that tiny place:))

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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Straight from your heart into my mind.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@tnderhrt23...Thank you, I just wrote down what came to me lilne by line. WB

@marellen...It was time for something that did not rhyme. I am a rhymer by function so writing non-rhyming poetry for me is difficult. I have to substitution emotion for rhyme. Sometimes I get lucky! LOL! WB

@pearlmacb...Wow! Thank you for those great comments! WB

@Binaya.Ghimire...Just as I intended it! LOL! WB

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Dr Arsalan 5 years ago

very beautiful indeed. :)

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Dr Arsalan...Thank you, I appreciate those good words! WB

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Stunning Wayne, my type of place just brought to life by your imaginative verse. Loved it and voted up all the way. x

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Beautiful descriptions, makes one feel like we are there seeing the same things you are.. The picture is beautiful and i loved your choice of video (Of course who does not like Emmylou Harris?)

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

The silence, as they say, is deafening. You've captured that time to perfection Wayne. I felt my feet sinking into the dew soaked, rain sodden grass. Smelt the Pine trees and longed for the rising sun. Brilliant!

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b. Malin 5 years ago

This is the first time I've been to your Hub Page Wayne and I so Enjoyed reading your Beautiful and Descriptive Poem which made me feel like I was there too. It was such an Intimate walk with Nature...A real treat for the eyes to read and visualize. I look forward to Following your Hubs. I hope you will check me out as well.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Thank you. I never gave this one much thought. I just had this vision of something similar to that picture in my head and I started writing...a ten minute deal. Sometimes I get lucky! WB

@d. william...Thank you for those kind words. The picture I envisioned in my words was apparently a gift from God and of course....well the video was Emmy Lou...as you say, we all love her. WB

@attemptedhumor...Silence..I think that is the part that most pulled this thing together for me. To see all of nature in total silence for just a small space on earth and at the same time realize that it is also at peace. WB

@b. Marlin...Thanks you so much. I hope that you will return and read again along with offering your great comments. WB

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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

This brought so much peace to my soul as I read it. What a beautiful gift you have shared.

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samiaali 5 years ago

Hi WB, Your beautiful poem reminds me of the wonderful peace and beauty of nature, which I so love! :)

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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

Indeed, the respect and reverie of those who take the time to honor the beauty around them deserve such a beautiful poem.

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Thank you for your very soothing poem. Great writing

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Poohgranma...Thank you! I am glad the words bring some joy and comfort. WB

@samiaali...So Glad you like it! WB

@Silver Poet...Thank you so much. The thoughts just came to me yesterday morning...they were on paper in a matter of minutes...I just went with the flow of my brain! WB

@writer20...So glad you found comfort in it...that was certanly my intent. WB

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

God's Amazing Grace and the heavenly voice of Emmy Lou Harris combined with the words of a poet. It does not get any better than this. Thanks Wayne.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

This could be in Mississippi! Beautiful words from a sensitive soul! Makes you take a deep breath and appreciate the glory - when we stop-to-smell-the-flowers around us all.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Thanks again my friend. Beautiful music and beautiful words. Good combo and great Hub.

The Frog

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Hypenbird...Thank you, so glad you liked it! WB

@Truckstop Sally...Yes it could...definitely not Texas at the present in its draught condition. LOL! WB

@The Frog Prince...Thank you...I felt really inspired putting this one together. WB

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Not only could I hear the silence. I also smelled in the air as the breezes sent these wonderful scents from the wetness, greens, trees, leaves, moss and ferns. I was in Heaven, as that is where Heaven may be, in mother nature.

I felt at peace listening to Emmylou. I yearned to go back as well to a better time, when all was good with out earth. peace my brother.

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Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

I wish I could seize that "amazing grace" and "serenity", and live in it forever!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

You draw a magnificent picture with words! I loved it! (and the music of course. The icing on the cake. )

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...See, there are some nice places outside the cave, Ken. LOL! So glad you enjoyed it and gained some solace from it...those are my rewards in writing it. WB

@Hui...Sometimes the price of doing that is to simply open our eyes and our minds a little wider and see our world around us. There are still some pools of tranquility in this sea of chaos we live in...we just have to look for them. WB

@Pollyannalana...Thank you. I just wrote what I felt in my heart on this one...visions coming into my head that were the summation of many experiences in life. WB

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This poem made me feel like I was experiencing the words you wrote. I love some time of solitude with nature, birds singing, beauty of the forest, etc. Rated Beautiful.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99....Thank you for those kind words...so glad you enjoyed it. WB

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