“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
~Henri Cartier-Bresson



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Words for A Special Place


A Blessing for the Woods
by Michael S. Glase

Before I leave, almost without noticing,
before I cross the road and head toward
what I have intentionally postponed—

Let me stop to say a blessing for these woods:
for crows barking and squirrels scampering,
for trees and fungus and multi-colored leaves,

for the way sunlight laces with shadows
through each branch and leaf of tree,
for these paths that take me in,
for these paths that lead me out.

Michael Glaser recently received the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching at St. Mary's College in Maryland. He has served as a Maryland Poet-in-the-Schools for 25 years, published over 300 poems in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies. His most recent collection of poems, Being A Father, was published in July 2004, when he was also appointed as the State of Maryland's Poet Laureate.

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6 comments:

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

So happy I stopped by to check on you this post is lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Maggie

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful poet
xx
julie

Reddirt Woman said...

And your photos showed visually what his words imparted. What an incredible testimony about loving this world of ours by both of you.

Thank you, thank you for this post.

Helen

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Connie, beautiful poem, beautiful photos. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a touching comment. It's a hard time right now, but you get to meet my little guy!! Very cool. Can't wait to see you guys, we'll have a ball. Take care, see you soon. Riki

Madeline's Album said...

Thank you for sharing this poem with us. Your photos are great and I believe I recognize the two types of wood your photos are of. Have a blessed Sunday. Madeline

Eve said...

Beautiful poem and your photos are perfect!
PS I heard crows and squirrels in my woods today!