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I Went to the Forest Today: A Poem

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.


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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