Greening

Shhh . . .
follow me.
Walk quietly
thru stately trees
dew-kissed leaves
green glistening fronds.
Inhale. Breathe in deeply.
Fresh woods’ scent fills lungs.
Eyes shut, listen to forest sounds.
Birds sing, scamper, dart overhead.
Shrubs swish softly as critters scamper.
Forest tranquility.

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I’m hosting Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the vitual pub for poets. The challenge is to write a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. The poem must include the word “tranquility” (or a form of the word) within the body of the poem. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

Did you know, according to a British Council’s survey of 40,000+ people from 102 nonEnglish speaking countries, “tranquility” is the tenth most beautiful word in the English language?  

Photo taken on our visit a number of years ago to the Crosley Estate in Cincinatti, Ohio. 

47 thoughts on “Greening

  1. michnavs August 26, 2019 / 11:14 am

    I felt peace indeed Lilian…your poem has a calming and soothing effect on me..

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  2. kanzensakura August 26, 2019 / 11:27 am

    Sigh. A walk among the green things. Such a lovely and serene poem. I like your form on this as well. Shinrinyoku…forest bathing, is a term the Japanese use to imply immersing oneself in the green, the forest to obtain tranquility, serenity. This poem is like that. Beautiful.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      Oh yes….I’ve read about forest bathing….and when we walked through some of the temples in Japan on our recent trip, it came home to me why it’s called this.
      Glad you enjoyed!

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  3. whippetwisdom August 26, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    Beautifully done Lillian, I can feel the tranquility, smell the trees. Hoping to join you later on the poetry trail xxx

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Many thanks for the kind words! Pub will be open into the wee hours….even if I’m in dreamland. Key is always under the mat at the door so do come back! 🙂

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  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) August 26, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    I love to walk at the forest… but at this time of the year I am hunting for mushrooms… so not very tranquil as I try to find those little gems.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      When we lived in the country eons ago, one of my high school students always brought me a sack of fresh morrell mushrooms in the season! Do you cook yours?

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      • Björn Rudberg (brudberg) August 26, 2019 / 3:18 pm

        We cook most mushrooms, but sometimes we also dry them for later use…. I am careful with morrell mushrooms… we pick chantarells and porcino

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  5. Grace August 26, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    I love that forest tranquility. I inhale this deeply.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      I felt calmer just reliving this place through the photo and then putting it into words 🙂 Glad you enjoyed, Grace.

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus August 26, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    Our minds plowed parallel furrows today; loved this; finding tranquility in nature probably will be a common theme on the trail tonight. CNN did a health special that included ‘forest bathing”; living one hour from two mountain ranges, I have indulged hundreds of times.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 4:11 pm

      Wish I’d seen the CNN special. I do truly believe that walking quietly through nature is good for one’s health. Certainly slows down the blood pressure and your steps at the same time 🙂

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  7. Candace August 26, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    This poem is a little piece of tranquility! How I wish everyone could walk in the green of nature.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 10:46 pm

      Ah….I was wondering if someone would comment on the tree shape? 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 10:46 pm

      It was a beautiful place. May we all find somewhere to experience even just a moment of tranquility!

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  8. robtkistner August 26, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    Wonderful Lillian, the words and the shape. The consecutive lengthened line made me feel I was wandering deeper and deeper into the forest. The picture was captivating. Nature — #1 on my hit parade of favorite topics for poetry. Gary Snyder is my favorite poet. He’s still hanging in there at 89.

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the shape and felt what I was aiming for. So glad you enjoyed!

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  9. rothpoetry August 26, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    There is nothing quite like the forest tranquility. I could feel it before I scrolled down to your beautiful photo!

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    • lillian August 26, 2019 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you! So glad the words provided the feeling and image even before the photo was seen.

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  10. merrildsmith August 27, 2019 / 6:48 am

    A tranquil journey indeed. Thanks so much, Lillian–a lovely word, poem, and photo!

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    • lillian August 27, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the prompt…I’ve sure had fun reading everyone’s posts.

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  11. pvcann August 27, 2019 / 9:29 am

    How refreshing Lillian – the bush is where I rejuvenate and heal.

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    • lillian August 27, 2019 / 11:01 am

      I love standing in the midst of nature….moments to treasure for sure!

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  12. othermary August 27, 2019 / 9:33 am

    Lovely! The words and shape work together well. It’s quite calming.

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    • lillian August 27, 2019 / 11:01 am

      In these days of 24/7 news cycles, always glad to hand out a little calm. 🙂

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  13. adda August 27, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    Lovely! I love walking through the timber and the tranquility it can bring. Your poem expresses it eloquently. 🙂

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  14. Ali August 27, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    The peace of the forest is a gift that everyone should get to experience.

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  15. lifelessons August 27, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    Can’t believe that after writing my tranquility poem earlier, I forgot to do the link. I was sure the time period would be over, but my lucky day. It was still open. Guess I was in too tranquil of a mood.

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  16. Dr. Crystal Grimes August 28, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I miss this tranquility, which doesn’t exist where I live now. Beautiful poem!

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  17. Mish August 28, 2019 / 10:56 pm

    Such a welcoming invitation into nature’s tranquility. I have often thought the world of a forest is not really that quiet, if we stop to listen. Life is bountiful and busy, maybe louder to the small ears of wildlife and plants that inhabit it. Just one of my quirky thoughts.

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  18. katiemiafrederick August 29, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    Smiles where would i be without
    The Forest Bathing of my BackYard
    Perhaps in a Very Expensive Home
    but so far
    away
    from
    Tranquility Free
    Priceless when
    We Become Nature one..:)

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