I Went to the Forest Today: A Poem
I Went to the Forest Today
I went to the forest today
To stroll in the floral display,
To lie on old leaves,
To look up through the trees,
To the blue and the blinding sun.
But my course led me up alas
To a shelf of daisies and grass.
A gnarly old pine
Was both proof and a sign
That living was more than a stroll.
So upward I climbed once again
To a place where trees found their end.
The view was so fair
And the smell in the air
Let me know a good day had come.
My walk in the forest had changed
To a struggle that produced pain.
The height of the climb
Offered one more steep line
If my legs would simply obey.
The higher I reached toward my goal
Brought music and joy to my soul,
No tree blocked my path,
No briars cut and scratched.
I was free to rise, to achieve.
I stood tall on top of the world.
My pain unraveled and unfurled.
With wind in my face
Among flowers of lace
I transcended self and knew peace.