Poetry Friday: “with gratitude to the forest”

My wife and I took a brief journey through a local bog yesterday.

That probably sounds less than fascinating to you, but it’s a nice, short little nature walk that takes less than an hour to complete; the bog used to be a pasture, but Mother Nature had other plans and so it is now a huge land mass of wet, spongy mud and moss.

A couple of things caught my attention more than others; one were the white baby Truffula trees growing throughout the bog (bottom center). (See a short video of them here) The other was a small, barely-noticeable maple tree sapling that looked like a direction sign pointing everywhere:

So of course, I had to write a poem! And since I hadn’t written any haiku lately, I decided to do just that.

And even though you’re not supposed to title haiku, I titled mine because – well, just because.

with gratitude to the forest

signpost points all ways
to lose one’s direction; kind
magenta gesture

– © 2021 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

For more poetry, head on over to Laura Purdie Salas’ little home on the web, Small Reads for Brighter Days, where she is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup!


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10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “with gratitude to the forest”

  1. The video gave me the opportunity to hear your strong radio voice, Matt. I have never seen a bog so thanks for the video and photos. You lead us onwards but stopped to point out an all ways sign post. Love nature walks. I read this while riding the country roads of Virginia but got distracted by the beauty of the countryside. Glad I navigated another trip to your post.


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