Tree Spirits

One winters day sitting comfy in my chair

Looked outside and noticed a stare

It peered through my window, could feel it summon me

So dashed outside to have a look see

I couldn't deny what was before my eyes

It looked so real, I declared, "Oh my!"

Grabbed my camera to record the face

Afterwards it sent me on a wild, wild chase

Searched for more snow faces portrayed on tree trunks

The eyes of the forest followed the deeper I sunk



The first to appear at my earliest beckon

Was a masked man who seemed to be laugh'n

At me no doubt, for my silly quest

Challenging me as if some kind of test

"At least I found you," said to his face

He laughed all the more, but I continued my chase

I wandered and wandered deeper in

Looking for another face to pin

It took some time, but could sense their stares

Closed my eyes for the forest to bare

I stood very still

And made use of my will

Lo and behold

Found another face in the cold



Thank goodness he was more friendly than the last

A crooked smile he seemed to cast

A shyness about him was the feeling I got

Said hello and snapped a shot

Not long after I said so-long to him

Then came across his brotherly twin

From there sped off for another chance

To capture more faces at a glance



Spied a friendly old man with a crooked nose

I hurried over, but tripped over my toes

Picked myself up and thought I could hear

The face on the tree say, "Be careful my dear!"


Wandered over to Sir Sleepy and Sir Snooze

So not to disturb them, I kept from shouting , "You-Who's"

They looked so peaceful with Sir Sleepy in a snow pack

Of which Sir Snooze lay comfortably in his night cap

Tip toed away hoping to find all the while

Faces that reflected a happy smile

Closed my eyes and used my intuition

The forest pointed me in the right direction



I soon met Happy, who introduced me to the other Happy

Who introduced me to the other, other Happy,

Sure, it seems kinda wacky

But it's easy to tell them apart

One is cute, one is jolly, one is silly and all have big hearts

Well, after a good laugh

got myself back on track

I trusted the deep woods to lead the way

Who was I to argue with forest spirits, I say




Then what do you suppose

I noticed a face with an ample nose

And then another nearby

With a nose longer than the other guy

I said, "Don't feel horrible"

"You are both adorable!"

.

Suddenly a very slight breeze

Shook snowflakes off from the trees

So gently and soft they fluttered

Reflecting the sunlight in a freefall of glitter

Sensed they were leading me the direction to be headed

Felt comforted when sparkling snow spirits landed on my jacket



The next face I spotted said, "Oooh!"

And the one after that said, "Eeehh!"

It gave me the know I was out of the haze

Until I came across a twisted maze


Where was I supposed to go from there

In the forest, I suddenly felt scared

Even though I had known

I wasn't exactly alone

Then the ghost of the farmer's wife made an appearance

Generations ago, she and her husband grew fruit trees here in abundance

She said not to worry too much

You'll find your way again, just trust

Never mind that fella below with a fright

Just remember to follow the light

Things got more serious after that

Sure the light revealed another path

But this time I wanted to find the perfect face

The face of a sweet angel with beauty and grace

I had seen plenty of smiles and other expressions

That provided lots of fun, each with a unique impression

I journeyed my own trail and rolled the dice

But everything blended together in fluffy ice

Then, a face larger than life straight in front of me

Provided his wisdom far beyond what I could see

"Tree Spirit," I asked, "Can you show me where an angel may be hidden?"

He answered, "Right under your nose, if you're willing to imagine!

Close your eyes, quiet the mind

Let your soul be your guide

Then see what happens

When you're willing to listen!"

So I contemplated the wise words of the ghostly tree

And after a while it occurred to me

The angel faces were there all along

They needn't look the way I insisted upon

They all had to a degree

Beauty and grace watching over me

I felt at peace and called it a day

Reflected on my adventure so it wouldn't fade away

I suddenly realized the very first face I had seen

Looked familiar and more real than the others in between

I won't tell who I think it resembles, even if mild

Some will say I'm letting my imagination go too wild

Just know it gave me comfort as a "hello" from above

Because I know without a doubt, it was a message of love


Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?
Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?

A children's photo storybook verse by fossillady, aka Kathi L. Mirto

 

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Comments 61 comments

surlyoldcat 5 years ago

Wow. No snide comments or jokes. Just...wow.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I'm very flattered. Thank you surlyoldcat!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

an enchanting adventure of discovery and imagination! I love your pictures too! Well done! Makes me want to go out into the woods and find some tree spirits too!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the nice compliment tnderhrt! I like the way you described it! You should go outside and find some tree spirits! It really is fun!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...you truly are an artist with the camera Kathi - most other people could not see what you see - this is a gift in which you possess - and your sacred words just enhance the presentation even more so.

I am not your number one fan however - that lofty position belongs to Mother Nature - but what the heck - at least I'm in the top two!!!!!!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Beautiful poem accompanied by beautiful landscapes. Thank you for sharing.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

An delightfuly angellic journey,thank for taking me along,Fossillady.;)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

You're so welcome, I'm glad you could join me! Smiles


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your pictures are beautiful and the faces are remarkable. Thank's for the poetry. Well done.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thanks for visiting always exploring, it's nice of you to say so!


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

this is amazing lady, I love it love it love it. It just made me see the snow differently on the trees not that I live near the snow or see it often but now next time I take that trip I will be sure to have my camera ready to snap a few faces. Thank you very much for sharing this excellence!

All smiles :)

bella


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thanks bellawritter,I encourage you to find your own tree spirits. I also see animals and letters of the alphabet and other stuff! Hope you'll have a chance next time you're near snow!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a wonderful idea for a poem! I love the photos and your exploration of tree spirits. I hope we get more snow this winter where I live so that I can look for tree spirits!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Yeah, I hope so too! Thank you for stopping by!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan

Excellent!! Voted up and following


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Daunte, very nice of you to say so!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this poem, complete with stunning pictures. No wonder, the snow is always beautiful. White, clean and so cold. Word is your spirit and picture is your soul. Thanks for writing this. I really enjoy your work. Vote up. God bless you.

Love and peace, prasetio


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you pasetio, I really appreciate your warm comments and God bless you as always!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What amazing photography. What a beautiful hub.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the kind compliment acaetnna! I recognize you from your comments on Epigramman and a few other hubpages poets! I think its about time I followed your hub with lots of poems about love


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

It's amazing what we can see if we take the time to look! Bravo! Well done!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Yes, it does require a special time to set aside which is so good for us to do when we can! Thank you for for your nice comment! I really appreciate it!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

That was fun! I truly enjoyed that. The tree spirits really called out to you!

Thanks for sharing.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Good to see you! I'm glad you had fun cause I had so much fun finding snow faces!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Fossillady,

What an incredible journey you take us on. Great job and do I believe in tree spirits. Oh yes. You see the beauty and the spiritual.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Healing Touch, we're bonded now through belief in tree spirits, I hope you know! LOL


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful hub! Your photography is simply amazing... you have quite the eye for finding beauty where it is least expected! I specially like the 2nd black and white photo, it's my favorite!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I like that one too manny, thanks again, so glad I discovered you on hubpages! Will definitely be scratching around to view more of your wonderful photo hubs.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a CLEVER and well written Hub...and the photography is wonderful...I swear you can also see other faces as well...Loved this one!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you b., I know what you mean by seeing other faces. Once you look for them they start to pop out! LOL


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is lovely! all those faces! lol I love your photos, and the imagination, fantastic! cheers nell


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you nice lady! Glad you let your imagination break those boundaries!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A magnificent "tour" that most of us would completely miss. The combination of snow faces on the trees and the poetry ... united! Totally enjoyed every bit of it. Trees afford me a type of energy, bliss and communication which I experience from no other form. Thank you for this masterpiece!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Yes, the picture of you hugging the tree shows that. It's a good picture of you too! Thanks for stopping here, had to do some tweeking, glad I re-read it! Bless you!


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Fossillady, these are great. Did you see the photo I took in my article titled Blizzard of 2011? You might get a chuckle from that tree photo. ;)

Thanks for another wonderful article.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh, I saw that and it's a real good one! Bless you and hope you're keeping warm!


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Some great grandfatherly faces in those trees. What a strange and fantastic idea. Great concept. Cheers.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thanks Doug, I'm always excited when other's recognize the faces too! Preciate the comment, thank you


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dollmaker 5 years ago

Very creative and brought a smile to my face...oh, I certainly love Tree Spirits. They are my best friends.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you dollmaker, good to see you! You and I are kindred spirits in loving and recognizing tree spirits!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

This is too cute! I love trees. I suspect they have some kind of intelligence... in a dimension of their own. Perhaps they observe us like we observe other creatures. Who knows, except trees themselves? Thanks for a delighting experience through your poem and pictures.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Martie, I've always felt a spirit in trees, can't quite explain it, they're simply majestic!


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

I'm late stopping by, but I must say I totally enjoy this Hub. With a tear in my eye for the beauty of it, and smile etched upon my lips for the sheer brilliance of your endeavors...Thank-you for this very thoughtful Hub I found today and for ahorseback sending me your way,

MM


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Nice to meet you MaggieMay, I still have goosebumps from the eloquent compliment you gave me! Wow, thank you for that. I feel all warm inside right now! I recognize you from HB's site and have read your comments to him. You have a gift with words that shine through even in the tiny comment sections. I'm going to be happy to follow you and look forward to reading some of your hubs! I hope your day is blessed with all of nature's spirits!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

What a creative hub Fossillady. I enjoyed everything about this trip. The pictures, the journey of gaining wisdom and the great poetry.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi MinneT...I'm glad you found the joy in my adventure and thank you for the nice compliment! I hope you have a spirited day... :o)


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

wow this is absolutely breathtaking...the pictures and the beautiful story that you've woven into a web of poetry. love it and is one of my favorite poems i think i've ever written! voted up!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Kitty, you wrote a very generous compliment and I really appreciate it! Smiles!


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Clairepeek 5 years ago

Absolutely wonderful! You have such an imagination Fossillady ^_^ In the beginning I was wondering about what I was reading, yet could not quit... my eyes going from your verses to your pictures and vice versa. I almost forgot for a while which was which. What an idea you had, and so beautifuly rendered. I might like winter again... Exquisite!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Clairepeek, you have honored me and my story with a very generous comment. I really appreciate it!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi it takes a nature lover to "see" what is there. You have the eyes to see and the talent to capture. Not just fine photography but also in your wonderful prose. Best wishes to you


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Dave, Your so kind to say so! Thank you very much and best wishes to you as well!


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hey that was great, bout as good as clouds, and much more unusual.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A lovely poem and great shots.

But I guess all your friends have departed by now, shame


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

What can I say that has not been said... Great Poetry Great Images......Thanks


naturesnippets 3 years ago

I see what you mean by snow faces. So neat!! Now, I'm eager for snow.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I miss the snow actually, just not to drive in it! Thanks for stopping by! Kathi :O)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This reminded me that we should be ever observant...nature is waiting to paint these special pictures for us if only we are watching. This is awesome. Voted up up and away ++++


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello Patricia, your observation refreshes my warm memories of that day and your input is a reinforcing reminder! Thank so much, Kathi :O)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

And this is exactly why we should not take nature for granted. Thanks for the share, Kathii!


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Touche, Michele . . . touche :O)

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