Category Archives: Nature

September Hilltop

September Hilltop

from up there
we could see
      for miles.

   and something
spoke in 
      whispers,

about a view
   (we gladly 
   didn't miss)

   mostly it
was unspoiled
   it seemed,

      from where
   we stood high
   on the trail,

looking over
      so much of 
   such beauty.

again, we had
      to learn
   to breathe.

Noxious Invader

they say it is 
   a noxious 
      invader

   attractive
   nuisance
   i believe

      you cannot
touch it, it is
   poisonous

   in general
a toxic mess.

but when i look
   i see such
      beauty and,

   i find that
      difficult
to understand...

Missing Fishermen

Missing Fishermen

where are they gone,
those men in boats?

   my scene is like
      a wilderness.


no floating garbage
   can be seen.

      it's hard 
to understand.

   water pure,
and air so clean...

   (hard to imagine
where they've been)

   a day like this
   (the sun is warm)

   nothing like a
coming storm...

men in big parkas
   or light coats,

i cannot see them
   or their mess,

      it's not just
water, air or land

it's everywhere
   a man might stand!


where are they gone,
those men in boats?

my scene is like
      a wilderness.

Wild Thing in Our Garden

there's a wild thing
   in our backyard,
under a lilac bush,

   sheltering from
      mid-day heat,
in such cool shade
   as may be found.

   we fenced our lawn 
to keep our small dogs
      safe inside,

thinking that
      wild things
   might find it
      easier to
walk away.

   mule deer, have
a different view
   of how things

   might be, stepping
      right over
as if it wasn't

there, and rest
   freely in our
      safe shade,

   adding to
   the beauty
nature's made

Green Patch

Green Patch

      we should not
   call them weeds
(respecting life)

      they may not
   be so welcome
in our yards

      but they
   announce it
springtime

when it's right.
   a time comes
   when we grow

green in that
summer light
   and glow

      such beauty 
   as is in us,
that it shows


if we are weeds,
   unwanted and
      unloved

   we should be
   so determined,
push and shove

   grow strong
      and thrive
in our own way

"show personality"
      is what they
   like to say!

   we all are
      beautiful, 
somewhere inside

      something 
really wonderful,
   we cannot hide

South View With Fog

South View With Fog

   we like
   to think
      we are
amazing

(superior
   almost
godlike)

   like past
and future,
   our view 
      is vague

looking south
   at our lake
   through fog
      or rain,

   there is
   a limit to
our vision

looking south,
      the end
cannot be seen

Shade Under a Lilac

Shade Under a Lilac

      mule deer
lounge quietly
   under a 
   lilac bush
i planted
      for her

   pretty like
   a picture,
      resting
in the shade,

   safety in
our backyard
      all their 
dues are paid

      flowers
in our garden
   bloom and
fade and fall

   mule deer
   come and 
rest, go
   at will

   our lives
are complicated
and seem, to us
      so grand

      wild things
   so beautiful,
   so hard to
understand

Wet Yellow Iris

Wet Yellow Iris

wading knee deep 
in a flooded lake,
   a yellow iris
somehow survives

and will grow
   (a delicious
      miracle)
in weeks to come

   we should
try to gather
      strength
in adversity,

and maybe we too
      can bloom
   in such a
spectacular
   fashion

wading knee deep
in a flooded lake,
   a yellow iris
somehow survives