nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

landscape

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 landscape: inland scenery (Oxford dictionary)

When I see the beaches and headlands of coastal New Brunswick…

Saint Martins, New Brunswick

 or the flatland and grasses of the western Canadian prairie…

prairie in southern Saskatchewan.. a dust storm on a salt lake bed

… I know landscape influences my life. 

I also know my life has a landscape of its own, with hills and valleys, places to celebrate and places to hide, paths and roads moving ever forward.  When I take the time to be aware of my landscape, to notice the detail and understand nature, I experience the best life has to offer. 

 

landscape

~

a veil

draped across

bones of the earth

pointed tents

supported by forest

and the bent stems of grasses

soft settles in pockets 

lichens and mosses

~

beneath the veil

texture

the ways I follow

quick or crawl

hollows elevations

clear eyes

or sorrow

~

the only way to understand

form follows function follows form

is repeated observation

lay myself on the landscape

allow my bones to conform

feel its nuance

~

see a field of grasses

see also awns and panicles and glumes

~

© Jane Tims, 2011

the parts of a grass plant (from Roland and Smith, 1969, page 68)

Written by jane tims

September 3, 2011 at 6:50 am

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  1. Nice shots Jane. Also great opening a veil
    draped across
    bones of the earth

    Had to read the poem twice to fully appreciate it. Excellent … as always.

    ~Denis

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    JD

    September 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  2. simply beautiful..The allegory and imagery had a lot of impact for me… plus I learned 3 words!

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    cp

    September 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    • Hi cp. I’m glad you liked it. One of my favorite things about botany is the introduction to new words. Jane

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      jane tims

      September 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm


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