Ponder this:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

In Trackless Woods



In trackless woods, it puzzled me to find
Four great rock maples seemingly aligned,
As if they had been set out in a row
Before some house a century ago,
To edge the property and lend some shade.
I looked to see if ancient wheels had made
Old ruts to which the trees ran parallel,
But there were none, so far as I could tell-
There'd been no roadway. Nor could I find the square
Depression of a cellar anywhere,
And so I tramped on further, to survey
Amazing patterns in a hornbeam spray
Or spirals in a pine cone, under trees
Not subject to our stiff geometries. 

~Richard Wilbur

A few weeks ago I heard this poem on The Writer's Almanac and it stunned me with its verity. Nothing is so amazing as the symmetrical beauty of natural things.


19 comments:

Woodswalker said...

Thank you for this. I missed that particular Writers Almanac,and that's a poem after my own heart.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Wilbur is getting on in years now - I came across some of his quotations as well whilst searching for something else a long while back.
This poem is arresting in its truth.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Ammonites , ferns , pine cones , an apple sliced through the middle .....

Carolynn Anctil said...

Truly, God is in the details and nature is where I find him most often.

John M said...

It's so rewarding to stop and pay attention to nature.

Marcia said...

Beautiful - the picture and the poem. Thanks.

Rubye Jack said...

I'd never heard of the Writer's Almanac before and so I took a look at the website. Nice! Thanks.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Beautiful -- both the picture and the poem. Thank you so much, June!

Retired English Teacher said...

You captured the essence of the poem so well with this photo.

DJan said...

I never read that poem before, and you're right: it is perfect in its symmetry. Thank you.

momto8blog said...

how wonderful! I thought the same thing many times. and now with all of this macro technology in cameras nature is so amazing to see in its symmetry...so much so, i wonder how anyone could ever doubt.
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Vicki Lane said...

Thank you for posting this poem, June -- it's so lovely!

Pauline said...

If we look long enough, we begin to see the natural patterns. This is a beautiful post.

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