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Taking inspiration from Wordsworth’s communion with Nature around Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK, I have found many of my poems reflecting a deep sense of the spacious calm that permeates the landscape and that speaks straight into my soul when I take the time to notice.

So here is the beginning of a series of nature poems not found in my published works. “Resting” was written at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park—one of my absolute favorite refuges—where Nature definitely speaks to me.


Stop a minute—
abide with me
and learn the secret
of silence and repose.

Look out now
across the lake
that glistens
in your memory
of still water.

Attend with reverence
majestic eagles
holding vigil
in snow-domed radiance,

while noisy ducklings
splash and feed
as if this pond
were all their own.

Lakes, like dreams,
contain vast motion,

even as they serenely
mirror back to us
imaginings we have
brought them
to be shown.

What will you notice
in other moments
of rest?


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