"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ms. Nature's Door

Every time the world has me tied into despair
my feet find the path to Ms. Nature’s door.

“Sit…stay. Would you like a treat?
Excuse the fur. Do you love animals?”

I can’t decide if Ms. Nature’s d├ęcor
is hinterland, Buddhist Temple, or Bohemian.

There is a peaceful wildness in her style.
Animal prints roam among the floral patterns
blooming on the seat cushions of her sofa.

Every available space is lined with photographs
of smiling faces and wagging tails…..
It is hard to tell which is more beloved, human or beast.

The view through the dream catcher hanging
from her window is splashes of blue waves
in a sunlit sky with occasional glimpses of moon soaked sand.

A shadow wolf roams from room to room
watching, protecting, stirring the spirit
to leave concrete and steel for forest and wind.

Ms. Nature is always patient…has time to serve tea,
wipe the tears from my cheek, or share her
misadventures that have me giggling into my cup.

When it is time for me to leave, she gives a hug
and tells me, “Please come again. The welcome mat
always lays at my front door. Bring a guest. I have plenty of room.”

©Susie Clevenger 2012

 Ella's Post at Real Toads challenged us to write a Dickens' inspired
poem about a fellow toads' home. I didn't write a sonnet
but I had a nice time visiting and admiring the decor in my
 my toad friend's home. Can you guess who?


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Awwwwwww.........I think I can. But your version is way more wonderful! This is just LOVELY! What a treat. Made me smile big. I NEED a Welcome mat like that!!!!!!!! OMG!

Mr. Mcgranor said...

Quite intriguing.

Susan said...

I am never a winner at guessing games . . . Bren? Hannah? Sherry? Kay? Mary? There are dogs everywhere, and welcome matts too . . .

Ella said...

Bluetiful! Sherry :D
Love this...you did a great job with the prompt~ @>--------

Mama Zen said...

This is wonderful, and it's definitely Sherry!

Lolamouse said...

This is most definitely Sherry! Great description!

Margaret said...

Love, love, (did I say love?) the opening stanza.

Hmmmm... could it be

Sherry Blue Sky ;P

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm glad she welcomes all visitors, because I'll definitely be lining up for my turn. This is one special woman, who has touched the lives of many!

Fireblossom said...


aprille said...

Susie, this is quite wonderful. Even though it is an ode to a special person, and in that very well done, as a poem on its own it is remarkable.
There seems to have been a sea change lately in poetry writing amongst these circles which is astonishing.
Don't know who has waved a magic wand, but good poets seem to have become better and better.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, this is obviously Sherry, with her love for people and animals, especially a certain wolf.
Wonderfully done.

Emma Major said...

peaceful wildness, what great words

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