I Went to the Forest Today: A Poem

Updated on May 21, 2018
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Chris has been writing poetry for 28 years and though his focus is short fiction, he has had one piece published.

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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.


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      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        RTalloni, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comment.

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        Chris Mills 

        4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Thank you, Genna. Nice to see you.

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        RTalloni 

        4 months ago from the short journey

        Much to like in this very cleverly done poem!

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        Genna East 

        4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Just beautiful Chris! :-)

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        Chris Mills 

        4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Thank you, Rasma, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Absolutely beautiful poetry and love the ending.

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        Chris Mills 

        4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Larry, I am happy to stir up some old and good memories for you. Not long ago I went back to the woods where I played as a child. I renewed memories and gained perspective on life that day. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Chris Mills 

        4 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Dora, I read Wordsworth's beautiful poem about nature and daffodils. I appreciate the comparison, but also recognize the gift that makes his work memorable. Thanks for reading and for your kind words.

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        Larry W Fish 

        4 months ago from Raleigh

        A great poem, Chris. It took me back to my youth when I used to take a long stroll in the forest almost every day. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Your poem reminds me of Wordsworth's Daffodils. You did a great job of engaging our senses.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Larry, it's good to see you today. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for your good words.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Patricia, the joy, and peace are there for us if we take advantage of the opportunities where we live. Even in Philadelphia, I found places where I could go for quiet walks. Thanks for visiting.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        manatita, every walk in this part of Montana is a climb, and as for me, every one soothes my soul. I posted three hubs yesterday, two poems and an essay. Thanks for your kind support.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Louise, Thank you for reading and for the kind compliment. I can say without a doubt that a walk in the forest brings peace every time if we let the magic work.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        John, I knew the rhythm reminded me of something. I think I've written a limerick or two, and I know I've read some, probably by you. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Larry Rankin 

        5 months ago from Oklahoma

        Wonderful ode to the pain and joy of living in this beautiful backdrop.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 months ago from Central Florida

        Chris, what a reflective and beautiful poem! You successfully portrayed life's challenges and what we can achieve if we simply keep forging ahead.

        Awesome food for thought!

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        So well stated....what joy can be found is simple pleasures such as these. Many Angels on the way to you today ps

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        The last three lines are powerful. Indeed should be the experience of any good walk or climb. Exquisite and effective poetry.

        Don't recall seeing these Hubs from you. Two to go, I believe and it seems you have another on the dog. Let me eat and I'll see you soon.

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        Louise Powles 

        5 months ago from Norfolk, England

        That's a lovely poem. I think a walk through a forest and looking at nature's glory can bring peace.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        This was great, Chris. I really liked the subject and the flow of the poetry. The five line stanzas and the rhythm actually reminded me of limericks.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

        Thank you, Nikki. I have lots of inspiration here in Montana.

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        Nikki Khan 

        5 months ago from London

        Wonderful poetry Chris on forest strolling and reaching at the top without any hurdles gives your soul strength to keep on trying until you achieve.

        There is no other joy as to accomplishment.

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