On the shoulders of Earth

The space
between two clouds
bridged by birds.

Shy buds peek out
on lofty boughs
unassuming beauty.

The river churns
spilling water outward
tributaries teeming with life.

Canopies gyrate
as the world spins
birds unhinged.

At a crosswind
a crow flies east
its feathers west.

Azure sky
the bluebird

pieces —
Sky —

forest —
a deep
echoes —
to tree —

for the sun —
a tree begins
its journey —
on the shoulders
of Earth.


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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57 Responses to On the shoulders of Earth

  1. Excellent poem! Reminds me of M.C.Escher’s tessellations! πŸ™‚

  2. kiwiskan says:

    Love this. ‘At a cross-wind, a crow flies east, its feathers west’ – but I can’t really choose lines. It is all so beautiful.

  3. BeeHappee says:

    Beautiful. I love the crow line also. πŸ™‚

  4. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    I adore this poem. So full of life.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I so enjoyed writing it and am glad my words resonated with you πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week ahead and keep inspiring the world with your beautiful blog πŸ™‚

  5. Just Jude says:

    Beautiful. . . and love the humor of the crow

  6. My favorite: the tree bound for the sun… –Curt

  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful word for this journey, Tyler. πŸ™‚

  8. There is such peace in this poem, thank you for the moment. I cherish it. Wishing I was back home in Oregon, after reading it! You words matter. ~Have a blessed day, Holly

    • Thank you, Holly! You are most welcome! It’s my pleasure πŸ™‚ I’m happy to share my corner of Nature (and Oregon) with you. Where did you grow up in Oregon? It’s such a beautiful, awe-inspiring State. I live in the Willamette Valley and work near the Coast, so best of both worlds! I sincerely appreciate your kindness and support πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, my friend!

  9. hugr5 says:

    I like this. πŸ™‚

  10. Really liked this one Tyler! Moved me! πŸ™‚

  11. Katie says:


  12. This is a well-composed poem. Strong imagery. Careful diction. Layers of meaning. Imbued with nature and beauty.

    • Thank you kindly, Roger! I’m glad you enjoyed my Nature-inspired poem πŸ™‚ Never a day goes by where I do not stop and take note of my surroundings. Such is the life of a poet. Wouldn’t have it any other way, my friend. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  13. I love this poem! Thank you for sharing

    • You are most welcome, my friend! I’m happy to share my corner of Nature with you πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. Much appreciated! Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

  14. This morning I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. As you are one of the blogs I follow, primarily because your work resonates with my soul and inspires me, I thought I would nominate you as well. For more information about this award, read my latest post. Feel free to accept or reject πŸ™‚ In any case, may this year be filled with love, light, and positive energy.!

    • Congrats on your award nomination, my friend! Well deserved! And thank you for nominating my blog. I greatly appreciate it! I give all the credit to my muse, Mother Nature. Keep inspiring the world with your blog and have a fabulous week!

      • Thank you Tyler. I love your poetry. If you would ever like to submit something to our monthly newsletter, feel free. Our deadline is the 20th of each month. Mother Nature is an awesome source of inspiration. May we both keep inspiring the world

  15. susanpots says:

    Such a word artist. Your words make me feel.

    • Thank you, Susan! I’m so glad you enjoyed my poem and I greatly appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment πŸ™‚ Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration. Never a bad day in the woods! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend, and best wishes on the week ahead!
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  16. Beautiful! Especially loved the part about the world spinning birds unhinged.

  17. sued51 says:

    A wonderful poem, Tyler! So many wonderful lines and images!

  18. Truly elegant in structure and lyrically beautiful. Exceptional.

  19. Beautiful poetry!!!!!

  20. dilloncruz72 says:

    Beautiful imagery of our deeply rooted and winged friends.

  21. simonhlilly says:

    Wonders they are, jewelled edge!

    • Thank you kindly, Simon! Glad you enjoyed my poem πŸ™‚ I hope you are doing well, my friend! I always love reading your inspiring poems. Hope you’re having a great day!

  22. Beautiful! Lovely language, every word is a jewel! Thank you for sharing with us. Thank you for visiting my blog!

    • You are most welcome, Olivia, it’s my pleasure! And thank you for your kind and thoughtful words πŸ™‚ Keep inspiring the world with your blog and have a wonderful weekend!
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  23. dunelight says:

    And at long last….spring. πŸ™‚

  24. 9agz3 says:

    Excellent poetry. Thank you for sharing your love of nature. I am honored that you stopped by and liked my latest post!

    • You’re welcome! It’s my pleasure 😊 Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoy my blog! Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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