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Outdoor Nature Poem is about My Church in the Woods

Updated on November 1, 2016
Photo taken in Muir Woods / California
Photo taken in Muir Woods / California | Source

My Church of the Woods


Walking into a Forest Alone

Footsteps Softened by Nature's Carpet

Moss Cushioning the Earth

Towering Cathedral of Trees

Fallen leaves
Fallen leaves | Source



Where Twigs Snap


And Leaves Rustle

Violets
Violets | Source


Beetles and Berries


Vines Intertwine


And Violets Surprise

ferns
ferns | Source



Ferns and Fungi


Sweet Earthy Smells Permeating the Air


Squirrel with soda cracker in its mouth.
Squirrel with soda cracker in its mouth. | Source


Where Squirrels are Chattering



And Chipmunks are Scattering



Symphonic Notes


Orchestrated by Frogs


frog
frog | Source
Baby grasshoppers
Baby grasshoppers | Source




Crickets


And Grasshoppers


Join Sweet Melodies of Birds


Singing Solo

Stellar Jay Bird
Stellar Jay Bird | Source


Occasionally Providing a Forested


Choir of Songs


Pleasant to the Ears


Bird in flight

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A Sudden Fluttering of Wings


As Avian Pilots Skim the Air

Shafts of sunlight
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Shafts of Sunlight


Slicing through the Foliage


Illuminating their Colorful Vestments


Night-time bonfires
Night-time bonfires | Source

Wooded Pathways


Teaming with Life


Fireflies Flickering their Lights


Being Watched by Unseen Eyes


Mesmerized by Fantasies of Fairies


Dancing around Night-Time Bonfires

Wild mushroom or toadstool
Wild mushroom or toadstool | Source


With Wood Nymphs

And Toadstools


Feeling Small

Feeling Happy


Feeling Solitude

Feeling Peace


Alone and Yet...

One with the Universe

My Church of the Woods




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Wooded setting
Wooded setting | Source
Shafts of sunlight in a wooded setting
Shafts of sunlight in a wooded setting | Source

Appreciating Nature


There is just something about being out in nature and communing with it.

As a child I vividly remember walking in the woods next to my parent's home in the country. The air was clean and lightly scented with a lifetime of decaying leaves which helped to soften the ground upon which we would saunter.

It was the perfect breeding ground for various types of mushrooms, ferns and other plants that could thrive in shaded areas.

The beautiful shafts of sunlight which peeked through at various times of day made it a magical place to spend precious time. The glints of sunshine would temporarily illuminate a flower or patch of moss making it seem for that special moment something of extraordinary allure.

Breezes would rustle the leaves of the trees in the summertime. During the fall season the changing colors of those tree leaves were transformed into transient beauty almost too beautiful to describe! During winter months the naked branches of those same trees were blanketed with snow and ice. It was an entirely different look but equally gorgeous in a contrasting way. A wooded setting is subject matter for an ever changing palette of colors.

The quietude of a wooded setting seems a perfect place to slow down and reflect upon life. Many types of trees are longer lived than the human days we are allotted in this life.

Just as our lives are never quite the same from day to day or season to season, transformations are continually taking place in a woods. Some of them are slow and minuscule while others may be sudden and catastrophic such as in the case of a devastating forest fire. Yet even then...life springs from death.

Remembering the magnificence of my childhood woods or the impressiveness of woodlands and forested areas since visited by me...it will always be a special place and one in which I am singularly drawn towards thinking about our Creator.

Do you feel closer to your Creator in a man-made setting or out in nature?

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Redwoods National Park in northern California
Redwoods National Park in northern California | Source

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      It is rather maddening when someone steals what one has written or photographed...but as a person I met recently said...kharma will kick in at some point and pay them back. Nice way to think of it. Thanks for the share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Hi Peggy, your poem is so beautiful I am back to read and share this again.

      There is no justification for thievery

      But, that alone is not the reason others steal

      Someone else's writing

      It is because they cannot think or feel

      The have no imagination

      So they think that thievery is ideal

      When someone else's art they steal

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      Peggy, I hope you put a hex on these mindless thieves.

      Blessings always.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mark,

      So glad you enjoyed my bit of poetry. Your bonfire photo was put to good use. Thanks for releasing it into the public domain. Wishing you a wonderful year also!

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      Mark 21 months ago

      I enjoyed reading your poem. It was beautiful and relaxing. I took the bonfire picture, and I'm glad you were able to use it. I hope you have a wonderful year.

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Hopefully your wishes for a long Spring will come true. Would be nice! This poem of mine has been copied multiple times. More DMCA's to be filed! Wish people would write their own poetry instead of copying other people's work.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent poem and photos. Getting to a time when walking in the woods will be very pleasant -- before the awful heat returns. Spring is my favorite season in Texas. Hope we have a long one.

      Hope you're off to a great start on this new year. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I also love wooded settings. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      So glad you enjoyed my little poem and let me know. Thanks! Blessings to you also!

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      moonlake 23 months ago from America

      Beautiful poem. I love being in the woods.

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Peggy this is beautiful, I love poetry.

      In my mind I can picture all these things

      And in the woodland sounds

      The Church Bells ring

      And in the buzzing bees the Angels sing

      ~~~~~

      Blessings and hugs

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So glad you liked reading this. I grew up next to a woods also when I was a child in Wisconsin. Loved it!!!

      We lucked out with hurricane Patricia. It was not as bad as predicted and the city was ready to block off flooded streets, etc. Glad you fared well also. We saw images of flooding where people got caught in it. Always a sad situation when people lose property and even worse...lives during flooding events.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      What a beautiful poem! Love it! And great photos! I didn't know you wrote poetry and you do it very well! I could imagine everything you describe as I used to love walking in the woods on our property when I was growing up. We had 3 of them.

      Sharing this poem. Pinned it to my Purple 6 board also.

      Aren't the cooler temps glorious? I'm glad Patricia didn't cause all the problems she was forecast to cause and I hope that was true for you and your family too, as much as it seems to have been generally. Take care. . .

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      So glad that you liked this. I always feel closer to God when I am out in the majesty of what He has created. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh Peggy this is wonderful and voted up.

      An enchanting tale of wonder and beauty.

      Up up and away without a doubt!!!!

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bobbi,

      I couldn't agree with you more. We have some mega churches here in Houston where the pastor helicopters between one mega church to the next for Sunday services. And we still have people going to bed hungry at night or living on the streets. Something is wrong with this scenario. That church you mentioned on wooden logs out in the open sounds wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ignugent17,

      So glad that you enjoyed not only the poem but the photos as well. Thanks for your comment.

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy,

      What a lovely poem. and since I am a country girl it touched by heart double time. Closer to thee in the wood where we are free, would for me.

      I always said if all the money people spent to build huge churches was used to help the needy and the sick it would be a better world.

      A church in the woods would be Heavenly to me. That is what I loved about visiting the mountains---we had church on wooden logs out in the open. It was wonderful.

      Thanks for writing this lovely poem it made my night.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello doodlebugs,

      I guess it is natural that we should all feel that way. After all, natural surroundings were created by a force much larger than any of us and it is easy to contemplate God in such a setting. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sunnie Day,

      Isn't it wonderful to feel so close to God when in natural surroundings! I can see that we feel the same way. Appreciate your comment.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Beautiful poem and it is very soothing while reading. It relaxes the mind and the pictures makes it more comforting. Enjoyed it!

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      doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

      I feel more connected with the earth and the creator when I am in the woods myself, enjoyed your Hub.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      Being this close to nature...has always made me feel close to God, enjoying his beautiful creation. Thank you for a beautiful hub. A church bound by no walls where the whisper of God is heard through the trees. AWESOME!

      Sunnie

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jean2011,

      So glad that you liked my poem about my church in the woods. Thanks for your comment.

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      jean2011 6 years ago from Canada

      What an appropriate title to describe the spiritual connection to man, nature and God. Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      As beautiful as ornate man made cathedrals can be, there is nothing like a natural setting to generate feelings of reverence and feeling close to God (in my opinion). Being in places like the redwood forests...oh, my!...it is truly my church in the woods. Thanks for your comment and may God bless you too, Micky.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yes ma'am Peggy. We need to hold a prayer meeting in there! God bless you dear Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Doug Turner Jr.,

      Thanks for commenting on my Church of the Woods poem. I agree with you as to your insights of being attentive in a wooded setting. Thanks!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      Nature can definitely provide a religious experience if one is attentive enough. Very colorful and fragrant description given here of your sacred place. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Rebecca E.,

      Thanks! I personally think that there is a special feeling in a woods or forest and other natural settings that far surpasses any church made by the hands of men. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      i love this poem and it is lovely, I prefer the woods to teh "big city"

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sameerk,

      Glad that you liked My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for letting me know. :-)

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      sameerk 7 years ago from India

      nice poem , loved it

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      The woods, the oceans, the desert, the mountains...those and more are spiritual places for many people. A Higher Power certainly had a hand in this and other creations. Thanks for the visit.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      A walk in the woods is a great way to clear your mind and remind you that this couldn't be this perfect without someone overseeing it! I get the same feeling when I am in the ocean or watching the ocean.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi swosugrad09,

      So happy that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for the comment.

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      swosugrad09 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow, this was beautiful! I felt like I was actually in the woods. You are a very vivid and descriptive writer.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi epigramman,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for the nice words.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      my my my - after reading this I just want to lay down over there and dream ....... I am relaxed and very mellow!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Astra Nomik,

      So very pleased that you liked My Church of the Woods poem. Will have to check out your poetry now. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is such a beautiful poem and it has a lovely spiritual dimension to it, the forest is alive and full of life everywhere. You catch so many details, I love the texture, so rich.....

      I am a poet and you write the poetry I love, tying nature and the human spirit together. Have to be a fan now! :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello MFB lll,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed "My Church of the Woods" poem and even added to it with your interesting comments. I don't see many praying mantis around these days as in the past. Thanks!

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      No wonder the mantis is praying....the cathedral of trees

      is a sanctuary where only paper plates are passed, and day dreams are collected. The deacons are the aquirrels gathering the nuts in to worship, and the pews are horizontal logs where one can pause and just breathe in the glory of communion. Lovely write~~~~MFB III

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mp3crunch,

      So happy that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for your comment.

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      mp3crunch 7 years ago from Kathmandu Nepal

      Very Nice and beautiful thoughts. Though i am reading ur hub for the first time . i am quite fascinating by it.. Thankss for sharing

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      I can understand the feeling of wanting to sit down amidst the ferns and earthy smells of a wooded setting. My "Church of the Woods" would probably soothe many a soul. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice. I wanted to sit down there somewhere.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Teresa,

      Thank you for the compliment on my poem regarding "My Church of the Woods" It truly reflects my feelings in many ways.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing. More power.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DeBorrah K. Ogans,

      Your comment said it all. Thanks!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Peggy W

      What a wonderful poem!

      It is a beautiful thing to be able to feel the Presence of God within the beauty of His handiwork in all the natural wonders He has created.

      Thank You

      Blessings

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kiran,

      Thanks for reading My Church of the Woods and commenting. Always good to see you here.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Lovely hub :) thanks a lot Peggy ...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks M-Ocean!

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      M-Ocean 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Beautifully written!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello fierycj,

      Guess my love of nature is obvious. Africa is beautiful from what I have seen in articles, photos, shows, etc. Do you live near any of Africa's National Parks?

      Thanks for commenting.

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      fierycj 8 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

      I can tell you love nature a lot. That's great. I'm from the heart of Africa, we get a lot of nature here. Good poem.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds heavenly, shamelabboush, and no pun intended since I titled this My Church of the Woods. I feel sorry for city folks who have never experienced Nature in all its glory.

      It is good for the soul! Thanks for the additional comment.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      I once travelled alone for three days just to be alone in nature! Who doesn't love it? To be amidst wonderful nature and creatures, to nap under a tree, to walk in the woods alone while writing a poem! Unbelievable.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi shamelabboush,

      I totally agree with you. I always feel closer to God when I am in His natural creations. Guess that is one reason that I am drawn to visiting so many national parks, etc.

      From your comment, you must feel the same. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Muir Woods is definitely cathedral-like and wonderful to see. Happy for you that you have gotten to enjoy its beauty. Thanks for the comment.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Such a marvellous naturalistic poem! God can be discerned thru His creations and thru His majestic craftiness... Thanks dear...

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      lovewroflife 8 years ago

      Beautifully spoken. I too have been to Muir Woods in California and it is not just a church in the woods but a magnificent cathedral and truly inspiring.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Zollstock,

      Yes, My Church of the Woods does definitely have a spiritual component for me. I feel closer to God in one of His woods or forests or other natural spots than any man-made church, beautiful as they might be.

      You said it so beautifully with your last sentence. Thanks!

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      Zollstock 8 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

      Thanks for taking me there ... not just a natural but almost a spiritual journey, it seems. My parents used to drag us hiking when we were kids (we hated it!), and these days, I long for the lonely paths of forests -- they let you clear your lungs, your head, and your heart.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Sadly, I'm not. When I was growing up as a child in Wisconsin, we had a woods across the road from us. Choosing between the fields or the woods...the woods was always more of a lure, playground, discovery place, etc. Climbing trees was a constant. The clean and fragrant air and little critters who inhabited the place as well as the things that grew there........ah..........lovely memories!

      I tried to capture some of this with my free flowing thoughts. The photo is one I took of Muir Woods in California.

      Always look forward to seeing your comments. Thanks!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I never get tired of being in the woods.. and I'm surrounded by them!