The joy of poetry

The ancient eavesdropper

clouds hover
above my
head —
with a chance
of poems.

I am a wallflower
blooming in the corner —
dancing with invisible

Stars falling
without end —
leaves drifting
from dendritic
constellations —
castaways of a
cosmic autumn.

Lulled to sleep
by rain tap dancing
on the windowpane.

sap scent
sticks to
my lungs —
each lobe
the branch
of a tree
inside me —
why I

Gentle autumn breeze
maple trees whispering
secret canopy conversations.

The only certainty 
I know resides in
the now.

Even if our words
are never read —
the joy of poetry
remains to console
the creative soul —
we write for an
audience of one.

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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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21 Responses to The joy of poetry

  1. Your words are most definitely read and always enjoyed 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I truly appreciate your support & readership, Sarah 🙂 Unfortunately, I haven’t written any poetry lately, as I have been busy with my new job. Just submitted two grants for ~$370,000 yesterday to restore ~168 acres of riparian, oak woodland, and wet prairie/oak savanna habitat and place 80+ logs in 1 mile of creek. In 7 years, I’ve worked at three watershed councils and written grants to secure over $2,000,000 in funding to restore salmon habitat and improve water quality. This blog is the least technical (and stressful) thing I have to keep me sane. I love my job, just have to spend a lot of time writing grants to pay my salary. There is nothing that matches the joy of putting words into actions to heal the planet. I hope you are having a wonderful week, Sarah 🙂

      • Wow, Tyler, that’s impressive!!! Don’t know where our natural world would be without people like yourself. We have a wonderful cultural centre project here in Woking for music and the arts and my dear friend Elaine does most of the funding bids for grants for the new building we are going to be using over the next three years. It’s an old nightclub! Needs a lot of work but will be a fantastic venue for the community 🙂 The paperwork takes over most of Elaine’s life though!! I don’t know how she manages it all. This planet certainly does need a lot of healing! Thank you for what you are doing my friend 🙂

  2. True, true … the words of THIS one are definitely heard.

  3. Carrie Birde says:

    Don’t stop — keep going! Beautiful!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I truly appreciate your readership & support, Carrie 🙂 I don’t plan on stopping…never 😉 Poetry is in my veins…an involuntary reflex like a heartbeat…words on repeat even while I sleep. Have a wonderful week!
      Tyler 🙂

  4. Echoing the others’ sentiments, your poetry is always loved, tyler. 🙂

  5. Ilakkiyaa says:

    ..overcast with a chance of poems.. lovely!!

  6. Arati says:

    So lovely…. the images seem so delicate and tangible to me.
    …maple trees whispering
    secret canopy conversations…

  7. Jacque' says:

    The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the creativity and imagery you provide. If you ever decide to take this blog to the next level by offering a Mobile App version my company Zenlight would love to help for an extremely low price, we appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.

    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I am humbled by your high praise. I greatly appreciate your readership & support! I will certainly keep you in mind about upgrading my blog. Enjoy your weekend, Jacque!
      Tyler 🙂

  8. I really enjoyed reading this. The introduction sucked me right in.

  9. Archita says:

    Your blog is amazing!

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