I have made this place around you

Long days spent in front of computer screens certainly make me long for trees. But it’s late and pouring outside, so tonight I venture into the forest via this poem by David Wagoner (1926-) and remind myself to stand still.


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.

One thought on “I have made this place around you

  1. Another lovely poem; thank you for sharing! I do so love the trees. I thought this poem was soothing – I imagined myself standing There, with gentle breezes blowing, and the aromas of the forest changing with every gust.

    One day I hope I can actually go! And then I will remember this poem.

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