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Springtime in the Forest

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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Springtime in the Forest

Springtime in the forest,

Before leaves sprout

From buds on trees,

A floral array,

Puts on a display.

Nettles and dandelions,

Bittercress and wild onions

Morels and broadleaf plantain

Satisfy the observer with a chromatic display,

a pungent bouquet,,

And savory, high energy fare.

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This woodland is littered with arboreal skeletons.

The most recent to succumb,

List and lean,

Into the arms of the living

Like wounded soldiers.

But fall they must,

And become rich humus,

The seedbed for a new generation.

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© 2020 Chris Mills

Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 20, 2020:

Thank you, Miss Dora. Your visit made my day at 10:56 PM.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 20, 2020:

What a display you showed off in your beautiful poetic phrases. Well done and enjoyable.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 17, 2020:

Thank you.

greg cain from Idaho, USA on May 17, 2020:

That's even better, Chris. Poem so evocative it foreshadowed real life! Great stuff!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 16, 2020:

Greg, Very close. Except I wrote the poem and then went for the walk. Can't explain the strangeness of that. Thanks for visiting and for the compliment.

greg cain from Idaho, USA on May 16, 2020:

Fantastic imagery, Chris. Like a slow walk through the damp forest after an early spring rain. Great stuff!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 15, 2020:

MizB, I'll get there somehow. I may have to hire a guide :)

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 15, 2020:

Mark, thank you for taking time to read and comment.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 15, 2020:

Sankhajit, Thank you.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 15, 2020:

Shauna, actually, the poem came first, then I ran out into the woods to get the photo. haha

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 15, 2020:

Rinita, thank you. Nature appeals to all our senses.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 15, 2020:

This is a lovely description of nature and its cycle of life. Your description of trying to get to the trout stream sounds like my getting to my backyard...at least the part that humans can walk on. It is so steep that we have to go around to the woods next door and then circle back to the lower yard. Hope you find that stream then write about it.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on May 15, 2020:

I never get enough of springtime imagery and metaphors.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on May 15, 2020:

a beautiful imagery of spring

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 15, 2020:

And the circle of life continues. I see you were inspired by the photo you took of fallen trees, Chris.

Very contemplative piece, my friend.

Rinita Sen on May 15, 2020:

Your poem arouses all of the senses at once. The depiction of the cycle of life in the second stanza is especially praiseworthy.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 2020:

Ruby, it is nice to see you. I'm glad you are enjoying the spring just like I am.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 2020:

John, I went for two hikes today through a very thick woods and swamp trying to get to a trout stream. I haven't made it yet. This is at my son's place. I need him to guide me. Yes, getting back to nature right now is very helpful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 14, 2020:

Chris, this is lovely and brought Springtime into my senses. I've been working outside today. The smell, the birds singing made me happy and glad to be alive.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 2020:

Thanks, Ann. There is nothing fresher than spring.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 2020:

Thank you, Liz. This is a beautiful time of year to watch the changes.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 14, 2020:

It is wonderful to get back to nature, Chris, especially at the moment. Lovely imagery. I especially like this passage:

“ This woodland is littered with arboreal skeletons.

The most recent to succumb,

List and lean,

Into the arms of the living

Like wounded soldiers.

But fall they must,

And become rich humus,

The seedbed for a new generation.”

Ann Carr from SW England on May 14, 2020:

I really like this, Chris. It left me with the smells of the fields and the forests and sums up all the machinations of nature so well. Your poetry is so fresh, just like the Spring!

Ann

Liz Westwood from UK on May 14, 2020:

At a time when our minds are distracted by a pandemic, your thoughtfully worded poetry encourages us to focus on the changing seasons around us.

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