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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Poem for the day

To celebrate National Poetry Month
Poems by authors from Chatham/Lee Counties

These Woods

What know these woods of our passings?

How could we think they should care?


We’ve done little to deserve their compassion


We've defiled them

Scarred them

Pushed them far from our lives


They should have no use for us


But as I stumble along

Head bowed below bare branches

Gathering tinder for this week’s fires


Fires to warm our now somber home

Fires to pierce the desperate chill in our hearts


These woods comfort me

Embrace me

Soothe me with calm, gentle silence

Wrap me in their blessed endlessness


For man is animal

Like fox and deer and bear

Despite our attempts to deny it

Despite our claim to be more

Man is animal


And these woods embrace all of their innocents

Even the wayward ones


They celebrate our birth with their spring

Energize our life with their summer

Acknowledge our maturity with their fall

And mourn our return to the roots with their winter


And winter is here

Winter is here


So together we mourn a return to the roots

Together

These woods

and I

Mike Sepelak

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