Gently caressed by the breath of the breeze,

branches sway atop tall lofty trees.

Restless leaves, to gnarled fingers, cling

wondering what freshness the new day will bring.


Hopping about on long leafy arms,

fluttering feathers displaying delicate charms.

Beautiful songbirds sing out their sweet melodies

in the grand performance of natures sweet harmony.


Bushy tailed squirrels running wild and free,

clinging to the wrinkled flesh of ancient trees.

Hole, nook and cranny in the bountiful bark

filled with nuts for the winter, so cold and stark.


A bashful Barn Owl hoots out in surprise

at undergrowth disturbed beneath watchful eyes.

Hidden horrors as predator and prey

fulfil the will of natures hard ways.


The staccato hammering of beak upon bark

as a woodpecker keeps time in the woodlands heart.

Adding to the rhythm of this wonder-filled scene

in a solo performance on a stage seldom seen.


The woodlands are alive with wing and wonder

as the crowning canopy sighs and ponders

upon days long past in the annals of time,

with a mournful groan and a gentle sigh.




Written by Darren Scanlon, 22nd May 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


9 Comments Add yours

    1. I am truly honoured, Lori. Thank you… *bows* 😊


  1. loricarlson66 says:

    Vivid imagery, Darren! I am always amazed at poets who write with such perfect rhythm and effortless rhyme… you did both here!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lori, I really appreciate it! 😊

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      1. loricarlson66 says:

        You are most welcome, Darren!

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  2. smithaw50 says:

    Especially like the last verse. Very poignant and bittersweet.

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    1. Cheers my friend


  3. joylennick says:

    Very graphic and atmospheric Darren. I was there… Best wishes Joy Lennick

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