'lost' by david wagoner

this poem really resonated with me recently:

by david wagoner

stand still. the trees ahead and bushes beside you
are not lost. wherever you are is called here,
and you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
must ask permission to know it and be known.
the forest breathes. listen. it answers,
i have made this place around you.
if you leave it, you may come back again, saying here.
no two trees are the same to raven.
no two branches are the same to wren.
if what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
you are surely lost. stand still. the forest knows
where you are. you must let it find you.

from Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems by david wagoner (1999) which can be found here.


Lori Ann said...

Thanks for this, I had to slow down a minute and really read it so I didn't miss anything.

Jess said...

That is a lovely poem. Nature is such a beautiful and peaceful place. I think that is how Heavenly Father intended it on being. It is amazing how we can get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget to take a breath and enjoy the beautiful surroundings we are blessed with. It is a good place to sit and reflect on things and listen. I think the poem puts it nicely. Thanks for sharing