I went on a five-day tramp last week. To save weight I didn’t bring my journal, just my poetry book and confined myself to writing only poetry. It was a fun exercise—the writing restrictions as well as, obviously, the amazing tramp. Here are some of the fruits.
Dormant in the dorm with
such freedom seeping in.
Freedom for the mountains and creek that
stand guard around me
roll out carpets for my feet.
I trod on.
Human, sweating, endless
I trod on
desperate for the thought I left behind,
For the rest that follows
for the mountains standing guard.
Pass the Haiku
Mountain top summit
Letting go of weight, I rest
Surrounded by You.
Sun lays in patches
Moving swiftly through valleys
Won’t you shine on me.
Peace. Silence. Breath.
I pause, listen with my heart.
Now I find my place.
Rock piled on rock
Patches of grass, of moss, shrubs
Everything in place.
The mountains still stand
They show signs of wear, and yet
They’ll outlast us all.
silence filters through
muscles and sinew of those in the huts,
silence after wind whistling through trees,
after water racing feet downhill
silence and space
as if there weren’t enough in the
air that rests on its shelf above a lake
or the triangles
between the triangles
of strongly rising earth
all of that can be forgotten now
ups and downs
wedges of flat edged with root where feet can press
and pull up bodies
these images release
with each cord of tension
with each unknotted thought
the silence seeps through
dinner hour lets murmuring return
water boils. utensils scrape.
trampers share their inner worlds
thoughts as majestic as a sunset
as a sidewalk
food unites, sustains
while light dissolves to dark
soon candles burst forth
in that fading between time
details jumps under thin spotlights
wanting to be seen
silence no longer reigns.
4 thoughts on “Poetry in the Woods”
Hi Guenevere, looks beautiful and we enjoyed the poetry! Are you on the Routeburn Track? Milford Sound area? Greetings from Maritime Canada
No, I haven’t been there (yet?) but I’ve heard it’s beautiful. Lovely to hear from you
How I have enjoyed this tramp with you!
🙂 Glad to be able to take you on it