In The Forest – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

In this poem I have riffed on a line from ‘Sometimes’ by David Whyte the line is: “Sometimes if you move carefully through the forest.”

Photo: Beelup National Park, Mundaring.

“If you go off into a far, far, forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected to everything.” Alan Watts

In The Forest

if you move carefully through the forest,
you might just hear your own dreamings
in the wind rustled leaves,
or see the loud beauty of a dew drop
preserved in such silence,
it is pristine at noon,
perhaps too the interventions 
of the raven's musings might 
raise resonance of feeling,
like the touch of damp humous
to the nose, or moss to the skin,
eucalyptus flavoured rain drops
splattering from leaves,
sending memories,
inspiring ideas,
leading me onwards.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Below is Whyte's poem:

Sometimes   by David Whyte

if you move carefully
through the forest

like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound, 

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

that can make
or unmake
a life,

that have patiently
waited for you,

that have no right
to go away.


Filed under awareness, bush walking, Forest, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

13 responses to “In The Forest – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I would love to go into a forest

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  2. A very beautiful and inspiring poem, Paul… consciousness heightened by nature! The line “eucalyptus flavored raindrops” instantly brought back the scent of eucalyptus, the flavor of a cough drop. Powerful imagery! ❤

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  3. I enjoyed both poems. Walking in the woods is always rejuvenating for me.

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  4. Americaoncoffee

    Nice Paul!

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  5. lync56

    Wow love this one – resonates deeply with me


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