Autumnal meditation

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Lie
prostrate
like a leaf —
meditate
with your
face planted
on earth —
find the
roots of
your peace.

Crossing
my path —
an
animated
leaf —
my heart
skips a beat.

Wind flurries &
flailing limbs —
a tree’s futile act
as leaves
f
a
l
l

out

of

its

grasp.

Discarded &
downtrodden —
tattered edges
& fading colors —
rain-soaked
leaves renew
their luster.

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Raindrops
puddle jump
like hydrophilic
trampolines.

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A jumble
of sounds
litter the
forest floor —
colorful
language
textured
with life —
the
splendid
verbiage
of foliage.

The
elegant
pirouettes
of countless
leaves
tip-toeing
from canopies
onto life’s
final stage.

A break in the rain
turbid puddles stilled
birds drip down from
trees for a drink.

Dark glossy oblong pools
stacked sky-born shingles
mercurial raven feathers.

Leaves pitched
like festive tents
on our lawn —
slugs, worms &
newts awaken
& yawn —
venturing outside
to greet the dawn.

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Through the years
I witnessed my world
fall around me
yet here I stand today
limbs held high
a survivor.

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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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57 Responses to Autumnal meditation

  1. Wow, this is powerful, thank you so much…

  2. Olga says:

    Wonderful post, Tyler. “…splendid verbiage of foliage.” Nature talks to us through our senses.

  3. I love the ‘The elegant pirouettes of countless leaves tip-toeing from canopies onto life’s final stage.’ so beautiful and visual

  4. “A jumble / of sounds / litter the / forest floor” – a symphonic meditation

  5. mincs1 says:

    Wonderful images. “The elegant pirouettes of countless leaves, festive tents on our lawn…” but your final stanza I found to be the most powerful. I felt like the poem became about more than nature with your final words!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! So glad you enjoyed my poem πŸ™‚ We are all part of Nature and our survival depends on the health of this planet and our forests. I hope you have a wonderful Friday & weekend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  6. Radhika says:

    Beautiful Tyler! Absolutely beautiful! πŸ™‚

  7. Jane says:

    Your words and images are always beautiful, Tyler. Thank you!

  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love the words, and shapes of their falling onto the page. “Find the roots of your peace.” Love it Tyler!
    Mary

  9. Really moving and beautiful. You touched me.

  10. Powerful post with captivating words and images!

  11. Jen E Town says:

    I think this is one of your very best.

  12. Dalo 2013 says:

    Wow Tyler, if there ever were an ‘Ode to Autumn” this would be it – your words bring it all to life, and it is like walking along the scene with these photos. Beautifully done.

    • Thank you very much, my friend! You are most kind & thoughtful πŸ™‚ Autumn is a powerful muse…each fallen leaf, a gift of inspiration. Have a great Friday & weekend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  13. Pieter Navis says:

    wow! Seems like you were on a stroll while creating this poem Tyler. Great one, i really like it. Bearing witness.. if only trees could talk. But then again, who would have the patience to listen? Perhaps it’s because of this that they remain silent.. πŸ™‚

    Best wishes.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! We are all part of Nature and our survival and wellbeing are dependent upon the health of the planet and our forests. I hope you have a wonderful Friday & weekend, Pieter!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely words and images,meet again Tyler.

    • Thank you! I appreciate your kind words and the follow πŸ™‚ I look forward to following your blog as well! Have a great week and keep enjoying Nature πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  15. As with you, nature IS life. It supports all of us. Would you be open to letting me place some of your work on my site?

    • Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly πŸ™‚ Nature is the wellspring of life! As long as you give credit to my blog, I’m fine with you sharing my posts on your site. Thank you for asking!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  16. Awesome photos! Thank you for liking my blog “Creek Life II.” Please stop bacl by anytime. God bless.

    • You are most welcome! It’s my pleasure πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed my photos & poem! Nature is my muse & wellspring of inspiration. Keep up the great work on your blog, my friend! All the best πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  17. aquacompass7 says:

    Thank you for stopping my blog.

    • You are most welcome! It’s my pleasure 😊 Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I look forward to following yours as well! Have a great week 😊
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  18. Thank you for following my blog. God bless.

  19. shivasiddula says:

    The last photograph and words are inspiring.

  20. Sharing!!! Your words and photos Autumnally Awesime!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‚πŸ

  21. Reblogged this on Spiritual Dragonfly and commented:
    This just screamed Share ….. Autumnally Awesome!!! πŸπŸ‚πŸ™

  22. calensariel says:

    “…meditate with your face planted on earth β€” find the roots of your peace.” This is so beautiful and tactile. ❀

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad my words resonated with you πŸ™‚ Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

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  24. rachanaharu says:

    Decorated by beautiful words. So so so nice. I am happy to read live poem sprung from the core of nature. thanks

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