A lighter world

The ancient eavesdropper

Winter in Missoula

The final shards of light
grace the tips of spires,
those old growth beacons in the night.
Reflected glare from snow 
dances in our eyes like fuzzy white
ornamental globes, suddenly shattering
from sight as mountains swallow the sun.
Fixed atop the sky lie billions upon billions
of twinkling stars, outnumbering every 
multi-colored bulb burning aglow on 
the houses and boughs below.
Blankets of smoke pour from sooty chimneys,
dry leaves crunch underfoot, 
cords of wood harbor squirrels
storing food for the winter push.
The weight of the world seems lighter
in the company of nature —
no crowded malls or traffic jams,
no buy one now, regret it later.
Where the sidewalk ends, sanity begins.

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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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20 Responses to A lighter world

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, so gorgeous!! 💖❄️💖❄️💖❄️

  2. A // W // F says:

    I needed this today … A complete breath of fresh air. Thank you. 🙂

  3. jenimcmillan says:

    My favourite bit …. The weight of the world seems lighter
    in the company of nature 🙂

  4. Yes, the weight of the world is lessened in the presence of Nature. Perhaps we are reminded we are Nature, too, and can only do what we are able. Then to relax into Natures trusted arms.

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

    Beautiful photograph and words Tyler. Yes, where the pavement ends, sanity begins. That is s true for me too. Happy Solstice.

  6. alex says:

    Gorgeous scenery, beautifully captured!

  7. Very nice! 🙂
    (Too many sidewalks! Too much insanity!)

    • Thank you kindly, Tom! Yes, I agree with you. Hopefully more people learn to escape the insanity and return to Nature where we are meant to be! Happy Holidays & best wishes to you and yours in 2016, my friend 🙂

  8. franciscocamacho2016 says:

    Wonderful picture, place, colors…!!! Great shot…!!!

  9. phoebecarter65 says:

    This is amazing!

    One can read it very quickly – skim perhaps – as an old email, just to get through it – to know the old email has definitely been read…

    …But this demands to be unpacked – to unveil the pictures it reveals in the descriptive words… And so many pictures!

    In the UK, Art GCSE classes take a poem and ‘unpack’ it. Pull it about. Reproduce it in photographs, sketches, different mediums etc, then compile a final piece. Sadly, I am beyond school age now – wish they had done that in my day at school…

    …However, I think I will take this poem and really think about it. It provokes much.

    Thank you, Tyler, for the beauty of your words! 🙂


  10. phoebecarter65 says:

    Dear Tyler. In addition to my wordy appreciative reply sent in the last few minutes… I would like to ask if it is OK to ‘unpack’ this poem and use it to create some art out of it. I shared it to two very good friends and my attached message was: ‘ “Felt a heightened sense of wanting to respond to this in a visual way” ‘ I hope that will be OK. I will wait to hear from you. 🙂 Best wishes, Phoebe 🙂


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