After the caterpillars feed

Self
realization —
a journey
of awareness —
searching
for signs
that point
to the
real me.

The rhythm 
I keep with 
my heart beat —
a telegraph 
tapping thru
my veins —
sending 
messages 
across this
body of
water.

I write
poems
in my
sleep —
like
dreams
they
escape
me
when
the
alarm
rings —
I stare
at a
blank
ceiling.

1-1-Indian Plum

My
attention 
span —
as short
as a leaf —
after the 
caterpillars 
feed.

1-Piece of sky

Under a salmonberry thicket
serrated leaves slice a piece of sky
light as lemon meringue pie.

A
tree
stands
alone —
branches 
vacant —
all 
the birds
have
flown.

High in the tree
rests an empty nest
life’s rite of passage.

A light breeze
grazes trees
sweeping away
hard to reach
insecurities.

1-IMG_1068

My 
outstretched
          hand
        meanders
                across
                     the worn
                        facade of 
                     an ancient 
                  tree.

A robin’s
lighthearted 
song fills 
every 
season —
Oh,
to have 
hollow 
bones.

Hopping 
in and out 
of harm’s way 
on the highway —
scavenging just
a few scraps 
of food —
daredevil 
raven.

An army of ants
stampede at my feet
while I tread lightly.

Through 
the canopy —
ladders of 
light descend —
tiny seedlings
climb upstairs.

Why do I write poetry?
Poetry writes itself.
I am just along for the ride.

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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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18 Responses to After the caterpillars feed

  1. Love that last shot.

  2. Enjoyed the ride – agree that poetry writes itself more often than other way ’round.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Glad you enjoyed the ride 😊 Mother Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration! She is the catalyst of every thought and the wild passion that beats inside my heart. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. kiwiskan says:

    and this was a wonderful ride – love this poetry, particularly ‘my outstretched hand meanders across the worn facade of an ancient tree’…

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed this poem 😊 I truly value your readership and support! Nature has so many stories to share. If we only have the patience and peace of mind to listen, we will uncover whole new worlds to explore and experience each day.
      Have a wonderful day!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  4. I love how nature inspires you. Words are tenuous things, though, are they not? You have an affinity for the beauteous things found in the natural world. They whisper their secrets…we are so lucky that you are an attentive listener. Most people would not be able to hear the music. Not only do you hear, but you bring it back to us, so that we have an intimation of your original perception.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I appreciate your readership and support. Nature teaches us the delicate balance between the active and contemplative life. As a restoration project manager and poet/photographer, I am fortunate enough to have my foot in both worlds. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend 😊
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  5. Jo says:

    You are a true poet and artist Tyler – letting life flow through you. xo

    • Thank you, Jo! Such a kind and thoughtful comment. I truly value your readership and support, my friend 😊 Yes, I often find myself lost in the moment, my senses awash in Nature’s nuances. It’s a pleasure to share my musings with the world. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, Jo!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  6. Just Jude says:

    aren’t we all?

  7. puzzleblume says:

    Another poem for all senses, like I have learned to love at this place.
    Especially the “light as lemon meringue pie” .defines a synaesthetic attitude towards life, I feel familiar with.

  8. kayuk says:

    WOW! That is wonderful…so expressive…and I love the photos that accompany it.

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