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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.

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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.


Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 06, 2018:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 06, 2018:

Thank you, Genna. Nice to see you.

RTalloni on June 06, 2018:

Much to like in this very cleverly done poem!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 06, 2018:

Just beautiful Chris! :-)

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 25, 2018:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 24, 2018:

Absolutely beautiful poetry and love the ending.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 22, 2018:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 22, 2018:

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.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on May 22, 2018:

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.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 22, 2018:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

Shauna, it is far too easy to give up the climb and sacrifice the joy of achieving. Thanks for your kind words.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 21, 2018:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 21, 2018:

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!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 21, 2018:

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

manatita44 from london on May 21, 2018:

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.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 21, 2018:

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

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 21, 2018:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 21, 2018:

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

Nikki Khan from London on May 20, 2018:

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.