poetry and prose about place


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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. 




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


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.




    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!



    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


      jane tims

      September 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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