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When in the Woods


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When in the Woods

Settling into stillness,
spine straight, shoulders relaxed,
lines from a Robert Frost
poem glide through my thoughts,
images never lost.

Settling into stillness
I open to the sounds
of a grey squirrel up high
gathering for winter
and never asking why.

Settling into stillness,
a single beetle crawls
across a lacy fern,
graceful feathered leaves fan 
to usher my return. 

Settling into stillness,
the minutes drop away
Pain and joy become one,
one moment, one lifetime,
one with the silent sun.  
               ~~ Judi Van Gorder

Rewrite of an old one. Original
Verse Form: Monchielle Stanza

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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David W. Parsley

Tink, there is something pleasantly evocative about this serene piece.  I like the way you bring Frost in as a sort of poetic bridge to how the narrator's experience is shaped.


- Dave

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hi Tink,

      I enjoyed the addition of the beetle stanza. The break on Frost is a little rhyme driven.



Settling into stillness,
the minutes drop away

Sill appreciate that.



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I have to say I love how you've applied the form. As for Frost, I think it works. Then again, I'm not a rhyme hater. :rolleyes::laugh: I also think Frost is appropriate because the poem echoes of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." A very nice read.


PS -- While I do use rhyme from time to time ... ah, that wasn't intentional ... in my own poems, I can take it or leave it. It's just another poetic device, a tool, as far as I'm concerned.

Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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