Monday, November 4, 2013

"In Pursuit of Peace"

In Pursuit of Peace

Serenity is upon the water,
swirling, floating.
It is in trees, posturing
amongst leaves, content,
teasingly before me.

I breath deeply, thinking
I can capture such bliss,
but it eludes me.

So I lower my camera,
still myself.  Observe cardinals
flitting about, cocking heads,
seeds cracking between beaks,
finches chasing food scattered
upon forest floor.  Notice
one shy fellow perched
in branches, high.  Witness
a dance as they swoop
and with perky feet, balance
along feeder's rim, pirouette
upon dainty toes before gliding
to lofty shrub all in a rhythmic
harmony I faintlly hear.

Laughter and talk break my trance,
human feet tread my way
and I'm surprised to find,
that for a few moments
peace had been mine.

by Margaret Bednar,  updated  November 4, 2013 - originally written February 6, 2012

This poem is dedicated to the subject of PEACE.  Of finding peace.

I have linked this poem with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Open Link Monday - "Dona Nobis Pacem" (Grant us Peace).  


TexWisGirl said...

very nice. i like those moments.

Jim said...

Nice write, Margaret ~~ Peace can come when we are still and be quite.

grapeling said...

I like the personal touch, Margaret ~

Vandana Sharma said...

Nature has so much to offer us and we just need to absorb it peacefully.

howanxious said...

That moment of peace... How beautiful! :-)
Loved the photograph and the imagery you provided through your words. Very picturesque and peaceful. :-)

Gabriella said...

I enjoyed the serene and joyful evocation of nature. I like how you pause and can just enjoy the birds dancing in front of you. Beautiful photo! said...

Thank you for sharing a moment of such peacefulness. said...

Thank you for sharing a moment of such peacefulness.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Such peace begins within us. Nice moment in nature.

Fireblossom said...

I just love those moments, and try to be aware of them and to savor them when they come. I loved the play of the birds in this!

Outlawyer said...

Super charming poem, Margaret--you describe the wonder of being out of one's self (and yet totally in one's self) just looking. Putting down your camera may be a part of it (or not!) I find that I love taking my iPhone on walks to take pictures--it does take one away from what's happening a bit, but it also is like having a companion along the way. Thanks for your kind comments of late. I am doing a lot of job work, mainly , but also trying to figure out an old novel manuscript. k. (Karin of Manicddaily)

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a beautiful poem, Margaret - such tranquility to be found in nature.

Grace said...

To be still and let nature embrace us in peace is a beautiful gift ~ Love the picture dear ~

Kathryn said...

Those peaceful moments out in nature are the perfect elixir.

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Ponds and forests have such a way of drawing in passers-by. Your poem, from the start worked for me!
"Serenity is upon the water" sums up the nature of a nearby pond that rests beside a forest of old trees. This poem is a moment of peace!

razzamadazzle said...

Beautiful. It really is those moments when lost in nature's beauty that I am most often at peace.

Susie Clevenger said...

As a amateur photographer I so understand this. I find such peace in nature. I am surrounded by humans where I live, but that tiny space of woods behind my house is often my sanctuary.

Ginnie said...

The minute I read you lowered your camera, I knew I needed to do that more often! Thanks for the reminder.