Ancient eucalyptus tree.
Pock marked bark-skin,
peeling, barren in places,
adds beauty to greening canyon.

Elderly man in thick glasses,
blue-veined hands hanging limply,
shuffles across street.
Driver sits, hand poised over horn.

Musing, I ponder our value system.
We should learn from nature.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse where the word to use (or a form of the word) in our exactly 144 word poem sans title is “muse.”

Photos taken yesterday from our patio, which opens to a beautiful canyon. We’re in an apartment rental in sunny San Diego until early March, escaping Boston’s winter (as in 11.2 inches of snow on Friday!).

20 thoughts on “Juxtapositioning

  1. Ain January 10, 2022 / 4:18 pm

    What a wonderful direction this poem goes, really like the point you made and how you made it….


  2. sanaarizvi January 10, 2022 / 4:23 pm

    My goodness such a breathtaking view, Lillian! 😀 Yes, we should learn more from Nature. 💝💝


  3. De Jackson January 10, 2022 / 4:24 pm

    I simply love this. Such a beautiful image, and important wisdom here.


  4. msjadeli January 10, 2022 / 5:31 pm

    Beautiful trees! If our society was able to look beyond utilitarianism we might have a chance.


  5. adda January 10, 2022 / 5:57 pm

    Love it. We can learn much from nature.


  6. kaykuala January 10, 2022 / 7:23 pm

    Musing, I ponder our value system.
    We should learn from nature.

    That is right Lillian! Things will fall into place as nature wants it. Sadly, Man has to come in between and mess things up. Good observation Ma’am!



  7. K.Hartless January 10, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    Eloquent musings. You’ve worked a life lesson while revealing your muse of being in the moment. Love this one.


  8. Truedessa January 10, 2022 / 8:47 pm

    I am often musing and yes, we can learn from nature.


  9. Raivenne January 10, 2022 / 9:06 pm

    Yes, we can learn from nature, indeed. I love what you did with this, Lillian.


  10. ben Alexander January 11, 2022 / 4:05 am

    hand poised over horn.

    so much wisdom in the piece, Lillian – I love it.



  11. paeansunplugged January 11, 2022 / 5:32 am

    Such wisdom in your words and sadly we ignore nature’s lessons. Lillian, love this.


  12. SelmaMartin January 11, 2022 / 7:48 am

    The lesson of that lovely old tree is priceless.
    Imagine how much good it has provided to this world. I adore it. The part about that driver Saddens me.
    Poor soul. I wonder about his values.
    That impatient person most likely hasn’t heard about the 36 righteous being around us at any given time. These beings are regular people that don’t call attention on themselves. They’re here — the myth goes— to help mend tears and wounds of separateness. Ours.
    No one knows who they are. Which is Precisely why we need to be patient with each other. Especially the lowly.
    The Lamed Vavniks: I love that story.
    Sorry about how lengthy this got. I just had to share this.
    Thanks Lillian. Lovely short story that brought me here. TY.


  13. Xan January 11, 2022 / 9:00 am

    I love that so many poets turned to the natural world for this prompt. That so many minds are inspired, and seek, the primal is very encouraging.


  14. pvcann January 11, 2022 / 9:25 am

    So agree with this Lillian, speaks resonance for me, and yes to that last line (If only).


  15. Carol J Forrester January 11, 2022 / 10:04 am

    The image of the blue veined skin took me to an image of root systems, and the web of veins in a leaf. Beautifully painted.


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