Knocking on the door

As if in a headstand
limber branches of a tree
break dance.

a shell
on its back
inching through life
leaving a trail of slime
I stopped in my tracks
& let the snail pass
I’ve got

A frenzied squirrel
digs in our front yard
burying its secret
cache of seeds
by a plum tree
on a quiet street.

Flat as a pancake
the perfect river rock
skips for an eternity.

In every bite
the crunch of leaves
autumn apples.

A vibrant tapestry 
of extraordinary colors
fluttering aloft,
pulled by 
invisible strings,
seamless & free,
butterfly wings.

Raven-riddled skies
overcast & mysterious
feathers dripped
in brooding shadows.

The racing stripes
of a garter snake
speed past my feet
phantom limbs.

by the wind —
wilted petals
falling from grace —
into an air of

Deep inside 
a cave
of my design —
caught between
the heart &
the mind —
feeling my 
way towards 
the blinding 

At random
inspiration arrives
knocking on the door
as we open our minds.

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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28 Responses to Knocking on the door

  1. Arati says:

    Wow! I felt mesmerized as I read your words and the images passed by. And then the gentleness, like the light touch of a feather that I experienced in the last verse, tying all the images together in one common thread.

  2. Beautiful all the way through – “Deep inside a cave of my design …” stanza really hits home like a wake-up call – thanks!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! You have always been so generous & thoughtful…I truly appreciate your support & readership. I am surprised that I wasn’t already following your blog, since your work is beautiful & inspirational. I am following now & look forward to reading more! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  3. Shards Of DuBois says:

    simple yet beautiful Tyler, so good. really loved this stanza….
    Raven-riddled skies
    overcast & mysterious
    feathers dripped
    in brooding shadows
    perfect description of a raven, or flock in the sky!! 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I hope you are doing well 🙂 Autumn is here & I find it to be my season of finest inspiration. I also relate to Autumn more now than ever because of the changes going on in my life. I am starting a new job on Monday & my wife & I are expecting a baby girl in January. We’re both really excited & are looking forward to experiencing the adventures of parenthood together 🙂 I know it won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile is a cake walk! Have a wonderful day!

      • Shards Of DuBois says:

        Oh, I’m so happy for you…congrats!!! The autumn of your singlehood is over… winter doth approach! lol
        Life is about to throw you a serious curve ball!! All I can say…is DUCK!! 🙂 Really glad you got to travel so much beforehand. Its hard to do with youngins…lol Get one of those killer backpacks with a seat…you’re gonna need it! and I will send up prayers for you all!! Many Blessings!

      • Thank you!!! My wife & I are preparing ourselves & our house before the baby arrives. I am anxious about becoming a father, part overjoyed & part scared. Our lives will never be the same that’s for sure. I’ll keep you posted if there’s any news. I appreciate your kindness & good humor!
        Tyler 🙂

  4. Mish says:

    First of all, the poem is stunning!! I can’t even begin to quote my favourite lines. It is all exquisite.
    Secondly….I read your above comment and I am so happy for you, Tyler! Congrats!!
    Change of seasons, life changes…..all good. 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! My wife & I are very excited & are preparing ourselves for parenthood. Change is a good thing…we can’t always live in our comfort zones…bringing another life into the world is both joyous and scary. I’m sure we’ll have our share of ups and downs, but knowing that all parents go through a rite of passage makes it seem less daunting. It will certainly be memorable & maybe it will inspire some poems if I have energy to write them asleep on my feet 😉 Have a wonderful Sunday & week ahead!
      Tyler 🙂

  5. A religious experience reading this poem.

  6. Dalo 2013 says:

    As talented with words as you are with a camera… Beautiful writing.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed my poem 🙂 Haven’t had as much time to write, but when I do, it’s like releasing the floodgates & going with the flow. I hope you had a great weekend & all the best in the week ahead!
      Tyler 🙂

  7. Fresh, simple yet crisp, that’s how I will define your writing style. I felt engrossed from the start to the end. As Jazz says in the comment above, food for the inner soul!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed my poem! Keeping it as simple as a leaf floating effortlessly on the crisp autumn breeze 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!
      Tyler 🙂

  8. maristravels says:

    Impressive and deserves more than one reading – which it shall have.

  9. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Love the poem. That verse about the snail stands out for me. All the best with the new job, new baby and fatherhood 🙂

  10. love the talent this world has.. best wishes to you Tyler

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