An empty sky

An old oak
composes itself
with a rustle
of leaves.

The distaste of age
salt sprinkled in
my pepper beard.

In the tall grass
camas blooms

The gentle cadence
of leaves walking
on sunshine.

The battered tree
with its injured canopy
grows closer to the light
gathering strength from

My arms
feet firmly rooted
hair mussed
by the breeze
emulating trees.

Our cat
curled on
the chair,
soaking up
sunlight —
to the
of her purr —
there can
be no greater

My teeth
plunge into
the crisp
depths of
a full-bodied
apple —
waves of
taste rushing
over my
tongue —
a bite to

The drone 
of an airplane
echoes overhead —
I see its wings
fade into the distance —
an empty sky left
to my imagination.

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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8 Responses to An empty sky

  1. You make nice imagery. For example, the idea of old oak trees composing themselves.

    It puts me in mind of a Utrillo painting I saw years ago, bare trees with upturned branches, looking like they were marching down the street proudly declaring ‘We are the trees!’

    From this side of the Atlantic, Camas is new to me – I see it is a New World plant/flower.

  2. I’m really enjoying your poetry. The combinations of images evoke the senses. The cat image is my favorite in this one. I’m partial to cats and their purring truly is blissful (for them and for me).

    • Thank you kindly, Paula! Glad you enjoyed my poem 🙂 We have two cats and two dogs, so I never run out of good material 😉 Like Nature, they inspire me everyday and I am fortunate to have them in my life. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend!
      Tyler 🙂

  3. Just Jude says:

    I love your writing. It is soothing and reminds me of so many places I’ve been and have seen. Your subject matter creates the need to look out the window or step outside. Thank so much.

  4. There is so much gratitude for nature in this piece. Just beautiful, Tyler! 🙂

  5. Dear Tyler,
    Always will you inspire me with your beautiful words. I can just imagine that scene from your imagery. Thanks for sharing again,

  6. kestrelgwh says:

    Gathering strength from circumstance. What a lovely phrase and an aspiration in one.

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