Sleeping In The Forest

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts,
and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me,
the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

poem by Mary Oliver


Blogger AnnieElf said...

Deb, a truly enchanting poem and the perfect image to share with the words.

Friday, February 09, 2007 6:56:00 PM  
Anonymous cindy said...

what a beautiful thought...the place in the photo is amazing. i can close my eyes, and imagine i can smell the earthiness, feel the soft moss under my toes, and hear the rush of the water flowing through!

Friday, February 09, 2007 9:51:00 PM  
Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

beautiful poem and imagery. I also love your new banner, you are so clever - I still can't figure out how to create even one.
Hope you are feeling better and better!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 2:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Cris said...

This poem has me mesmerized! The last line in particular is gripping...thanks for sharing this Deb. It's beautiful.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 9:31:00 AM  
Blogger kathywas said...

Deb...such a lovely poem with lovely imagery. Thanks so much for the beautiful words today.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 1:29:00 PM  
Blogger cinderelly said...

the banner IS beautiful! it is your beautiful room with the birds's nest branch! very lovely!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Kristen Robinson said...

I would like to move to this stream so lovely. I adore this poem it is wonderful


Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Misty Mawn said...

perfect picture with the perfect poem!xo

Sunday, February 11, 2007 8:32:00 PM  
Blogger liz said...

beautiful deb!! thinking of you
liz xx

Monday, February 12, 2007 6:08:00 AM  
Blogger Alix said...

Such a beautiful image to go with the powerful images in the poem. I feel as if the poetess has been dipping into my dreams of "something better" and the photographer captured just where my dreams lead.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger katie said...

absolutely gorgeous photo, wow! perfectly paired with the enchanting poem by Mary Oliver. What a wonderful way to start my morning...thank you for sharing, Deb.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger SombraKnight said...

Have a Beautiful day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Hello Deb,

Just to say hello!

Wonderfull place :o)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

I love the poem and picture. It all goes so well. Just popped in to wish you A Very Happy Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:30:00 PM  
Blogger littledawnieno1 said...

Delightful poem !
Super pic too.

Beautiful entry

Dawnie xxx

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 6:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Simply Beautiful!

Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:18:00 PM  

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