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.


Jacqueline Donnelly 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!

Sally Wessely 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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