Sunday, July 13, 2014

A favorite poem....

One of the sweetest sights for me is a child being introduced to nature, in a way that makes it a fun outing for both child and parent and I see many parents doing exactly that when we visit this place.  We came across one such family on Saturday.  I will be resuming our holiday photos shortly but wanted very much to share their photo, and the poem.  It looked as though that sweet little girl had just learned how to run, and what fun it was to see her joy and that of her mother.  Daddy was already several steps ahead with the family dog but he soon turned around with a big smile, waiting for his little girl to catch up.  They were heading into the park and we were on our way back to our car, and it had been another great walk at Huntley Meadows.


When I Am Among the Trees
by 
Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
   but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."

29 comments:

William Kendall said...

A beautiful poem. I haven't heard it before.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, I love this poem. And the family shot is sweet. Thanks for sharing! Have a great evening!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

She's enjoying herself, you can see that in her step...on a mission.
A beautiful poem Denise, it's my fist introduction to it.
A beautiful and serene park to enjoy.
~Jo

Stephanie said...

I can relate to the poem, love walking in the forest and that is a delightful photo of that child and parent walking up the path.

Elephant's Child said...

Lovely poem - and place. Thank you.

Cloudia said...

How wonderful a poem, photo, sentiment!



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Ginny said...

This is a good poem, I especially love the last verse.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love that poem Denise and it really is a joy to see people introducing they littles" to nature. Brings joy!

Mama Zen said...

What a sweet photo!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Such a beautiful photo and words.

Karen S. said...

Walking with a mission into a wonderful life ahead! Wonderful happy capture!

Mimsie said...

That is a beautiful photo of the little family and their dog and what an enchanting place to be walking in. I simply love trees and that poem I think says it all.
Thank you for sharing it with us.x

Cottage Tails said...

Beautiful poem!~ Thanks for sharing

Valerie said...

What a delightful post, Denise. I love the way the little girl is striding out as if she's trying to catch up with Dad. I like the poems too.

diane b said...

That is a beautiful picture and story to go with it. The poem is lovely too. It looks a great place for a walk.
Just love your header.

Kerri Farley said...

Wow......that poem gives me goose bumps! AWESOME!

EG CameraGirl said...

Great poem and I love the photo of the child running along the pathway!

Sandra said...

i can see joy in her run and the poem is beautiful and perfect

DoesntSheSparkle said...

Beautiful poem! I love it :)

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and photo ! I love nature it is my calm my serenity . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Michelle said...

That is a great family shot!

SweetMarie said...

So beautiful just like your photos. :) Hope all is great with you!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wonderful that we preserved these green spots for our children. None of them existed around the DC area until the 1930s you can tell from the age of these trees that this is a very young place. Mostly dismal farmland until then.

I took my kids, and Girl Scout troops to various places on camping trips. Several more green spaces have been created since those days.

Prince William Forest was non-existent until the 1930s. Three broken down farms were combined to make this forest. Look in the right places and you can/could find the family cemeteries.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Perfection and bliss...I remember when I was introduced to nature.

Rose said...

Oh, Denise, I love that fragment that says 'to go easy'....I am a sentimental old fool today, but it brings tears to my eyes. Don't know why. Maybe it is the whole of the poem, but those three words say so much.

pattisjarrett said...

A love for nature is a great legacy to leave. Sweet photo and poem.

ladyfi said...

Sweet shot! I do love that Mary Oliver poem.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A nice pairing presented with a visual and words, Denise.

Barb said...

The photo goes so well with Mary Oliver's poem. Her poetry always captures the simple complexity of our lives in Nature.