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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 | Source

Beetles and Berries

Vines Intertwine

And Violets Surprise

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 | Source
Baby grasshoppers
Baby grasshoppers | Source


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


A Sudden Fluttering of Wings

As Avian Pilots Skim the Air

Shafts of sunlight
Shafts of sunlight | Source

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 springs from death.

Remembering the magnificence of my childhood woods or the impressiveness of woodlands and forested areas since visited by 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 15 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 15 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



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

      Blessings always.

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      Peggy Woods 15 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 15 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 17 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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