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Only The Wild

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 20, 2012, 5:50 PM
Out here, eyes are unnecessary.

This is what I say to the children

I've been asked to supervise

this dismal February week,

out here in the mountains -

the woodland -

the wild. 


Out here you can feel the trees;

the sheer weight of their presence -

physical, tangible -

envelopes you like snow,

a shiver in the soul.


Biting wind wailing through the branches

raises the hairs on the back of your neck,

and you tremble 

like saplings in a storm.



Rain and ice and something in-between

drip down from the leaves above.

You feel its caress against your flesh,

taste the kiss of the frozen forest

against your lips, face upturned to the 

pine-bough sky.


You know it's there -

you can smell it:

deep and ancient and 

heavy with pungent memory.


Pine isn't a variety 

of air-freshener, children. 

It is alive with the spirit of the earth. 

Pine outlasts this brittle season

when all else cowers from the cold.


Evergreen stands proud

against battering wind,

against rain coating its tresses

with the scent of a tear-soaked sky.


So keep your eyes closed, children;

let the darkness fill your bones

and you will come to know the winter

as only the wild can. 


Written for the :iconcommunityrelations: and :iconcrliterature: Blind Winter contest.


Submitted to the :iconwritersofthemoon: Winter contest - with a twist. :)

I was thinking about the year I volunteered as a counselor at an Outdoor School Camp for a week in February. It was such an amazing place, and the winter just made it that much better. Most everyone else was miserable, sleeping in cabins and hiking about outside all day in the icy rain and wind. I thought it made the forest come alive. It enhanced the scents, the sounds - it was just magical. I tried to make the children understand this, and I hope I succeeded.
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you have been featured here: [link] in an extra box for contest winners on my frontpage
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Thank you so much! :glomp:
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its a pleasure have a look at my Journal features too maybe you find some faves there
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, gosh...this is just beautiful. Poetry like this should be taught in schools, in my opinion. Stunning images, my dear. :heart:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Writer
:blushes: You're so kind. Thank you very much. :heart:
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I'm honest. You're more than welcome. :heart:
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I love winter, I felt cheated this year when Chicago didn't get barely any snow. We were all thinking, is this it? :O This is a lovely reminder of what winter should be.

But now I feel ashamed, because this reminds me of one of my poems and I think that's a bit selfish. I'mma show you it anyway: [link] :dummy:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Writer
I really liked Chicago during the half-day I was stranded there a few Septembers ago. But even then it was kind of windy and cold. But yeah, if you expect snow there, I imagine you might feel cheated if said snow is not delivered. Kind of like how people in California take it as a personal insult if it ever dares to not be sunny. :shrug:

I'm glad it reminded you of what winter should be. There was never a whole lot of snow there, but it was still nice.

Ooh, I shall investigate!
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