Geese @ the Riverwalk in Rock Hill. Image is my own.

the woods, most would say,
are quiet
but I know different
for I have heard the song of the forest

in stillness I sit
perched on the edge of a steaming river
the soft words of geese reach my ears
over the slow, constant babble
of the water’s passage

dew collects on fading leaves
drops into the brush below
joining with the sounds of birds and squirrels
searching the forest floor
for nuts and berries to stock their winter stores

morning’s light
stirs wildlife to sing and call
their voices creating
a breathtaking cacophony
the music of Nature given life

Written in response to this week’s challenge at Velvet Verbosity, which gives us ‘listening’ as our prompt for the week. I found that this poem also easily fit New World Creative Union’s Wednesday Wakeup Call.

Also linked up at With Real Toad’s Open Link Monday, and to d’Verse’s Open Link Night. Come on by and check out the other amazing poets and writers!

17 thoughts on ““Breathtaking”

  1. ah nature has some beautiful music for sure for those that will listen…i love nature personally so i sat quiet and just breathed in your verse….smiles….we lived in the woods growing up….

  2. I can picture the scene through your wonderful words 🙂 Breathtaking, indeed. Loved it, especially the lines bringing the babble of the brook to life. Nature, in all its beauty, running through your words like that brook.

  3. I can see a thousand heads nodding agreement anyone who’s ever sat quietly on a creek bank or floated gently on an old farm pond with fishing pole in hand will understand. “the big empty” is never really empty or quiet 🙂 thanks for reminding me what I oft times forget 🙂


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