A forest’s wondrous majesty stands tall.
Its verdant canopy embraces a magical space
Filled with rich and earthy perfume, and winds that call
And whisper their secrets of life and beauty and grace.
The brilliantly adapted life that thrives
In desert’s wide expanse of sun-bleached ground
Is deep inspiration that inevitably revives
One’s sense of awe for life so gently found.
The never-ending melody of waves
Embracing, and retreating from the shore
Are Ocean’s healing melody that saves
And inspires, and returns, forevermore.
And every form of life this sweet Earth holds,
Exquisite, sentient, brilliant and diverse,
Is blessed treasure whose appreciation unfolds
Sheer joy and grace, so endlessly disbursed.
To my father, who taught me the love of Nature, for his 97th birthday and Father’s Day 2020