One Single Impression: Listening

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I leave the universe of silence
When I open my eyes
Take in the dawn
Light and listen

For those cues that say
It is time; come outside.

I listen for the moment:
A woodpecker taps breakfast
From a rotting tree
One blue jay scolds another
Just because he does
A crow announces a death
Warm and compliant in the road.

I go. I walk. I watch. I listen.

Sound carries me a mile from bed
To a swamp vibrating with the voices

Of red winged blackbirds
And Canada geese.

None of this is music.

It is the language of the treetops and sky.

It shapes my life,
Takes my walk,
Sends me back again

Though I hardly understand.

One Single Impression

Comments

  1. Oh, Sandy, I've enjoyed this post! Great the poem and so nice the picture!
    Have a good weekend!

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  2. Maybe that's God's plan that you don't understand so you will keep searching for answers and enjoying His handiwork more and more. What a gift!

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  3. i loved imbibing this beauty.
    Hats off to YOU, Poetess!
    Aloha from the islands-

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  4. I understand your listening habits.

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  5. the stories of the trees are always interesting... even if they are told in silence.

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  6. there's a thought that the reason why we have two ears and one mouth is because
    we have to listen twice before we speak
    isnt amazing?
    thanks for sharing
    have a great day and happy blogging

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  7. Beautiful.
    I wish I had your talent to write poetry like you can!

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  8. I felt I was there on the walk, listening to the woodpecker, the wind and the sky: a beautiful moment this morning! Thanks!

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  9. I felt I was there on the walk, listening to the woodpecker, the wind and the sky: a beautiful moment this morning! Thanks!

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  10. Great picture Sandy.. I at first thought it was lightening.. the poem is very good as well. I really feel a benifit when stopping by here... there is always something to make stop and think.

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  11. Oh Sandy, this is absolutely one of my favs of yours. I am with you right there hearing all of these sounds and seeing all of these sights. Marvelous.

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  12. lovely photo-the blue branches are mysterious-the words of your poem just fit.

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  13. Loved it Sandy! So much about this walk of life that we don't understand-but we just keep getting pulled forward one step at a time.

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  14. I love the bare tree branches!

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  15. Very peaceful, both the poem and the colour of the branches!

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  16. Loved this poem, absolutely Sandy :)

    walkong, silently watching it all...I so love it :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  17. Oh Sandy, this is one of my favorites you have written. I love it.

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  18. What a lovely moment spent in nature. Great take on the prompt Sandy!

    Hugs, G

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  19. You seem to have an incredible way of putting my life into words! ;)

    I think this is my fave of those you've written -- maybe because it's been a while since I've been here? Who knows. You've titled it "Listen", I call it Spring.

    Beautiful, as always.

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  20. I love it! I love waking up to the sounds of birds, or heck, even rain. It all calls me outside. :)

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  21. hi sandy thanks for dropping by at my site i appreciate it so much
    i just put your link in my blog roll at my main blog so i can visit you here again
    have a great day my friend and happy blogging

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  22. LOL I just noticed we have the same entrecard ad today.

    Anyway, love your poem! It makes me want to go out and listen to the trees the breeze and the night...

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  23. hello just dropping by here again have a great day and happy blogging

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  24. Anonymous6:36 AM

    wow... thats a good different concept. and loved the words! :)

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  25. A great commune with nature.

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  26. Learning to listen to the world around us, and not what's bouncing around in our head ... is the greatest gift of all. Not all have it!

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  27. Anonymous9:11 AM

    How lovely! It seems we are both listening to the sounds of the swamp today, Sandy!

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  28. This wonderful expressive description evokes Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine for me - the opening part where the young boy awakes and realizes that he has the gift of life.

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  29. I loved being taken along on your walk! Sometimes understanding the language only gets in the way.

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  30. beautiful photo! an electric evening~!~

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  31. Wow. You have a real gift, Sandy.

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  32. Very evocative, brings the reader fully into the moment both visually and auditorily (is that a word??). I like the lines:
    "A crow announces a death/Warm and compliant in the road."
    Seen and heard lots of crows announcing road kill!

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  33. It is good to listen to the sounds of life with ears, eyes and heart.

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  34. .."I leave the universe of silence_

    ..the language of the treetops and sky "_

    the wonderful imagery becomes a metaphor for life..

    life _that we "hardly understand"_
    -lovely..many thanks..

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  35. There is a meditation technique based on following sound. I think there should be one based entirely on birdsong. It takes so long to go, but the outside is always available and brings us inside to our selves. Nice poetic reflection.

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  36. I felt like I was listening with you to the nature sounds. Lovely as always.

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  37. Sandy, this reminded me of some of Mary Oliver's poems. Very very nice.

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  38. What a wonderful way to look at life and thank you for letting us glimpse your world!

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  39. Hi Sandy, I am glad you walk. Your verse makes me feel I am in your shoes right along with you. Just listening, looking, and feeling my way along.
    I ran before my back was injured, it was soooooo refreshing, being alone breathing and meditating. I did a lot of listening too. I loved to run in the rain.
    Now I have to walk, Adi (my beagle dog) and I walk quite a bit. Doctor says go two miles and we do, and more.
    ..

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  40. Sandy--

    Really liked going on your walk with you!

    And, I hardly understand, either. Mostly don't understand nuthin, no how.

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  41. This is astounding! Special and superb!

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  42. Enjoyed this. A lot.

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  43. You put your heart and soul into this one Sandy .. not saying you don't with other poems .. but this one is far reaching --- take you there and back, and still understanding eludes us. But that's the beauty of life ... to understand some, but not all -- to keep on living in spite of it.

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  44. Marvelous words put together and wonderful images.

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  45. you write well. so beautiful to reflect on.

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  46. Anonymous12:49 PM

    such a joyful read !!

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  47. Sandy,

    It 'sounds' like you live in the same kind of place I do, Canada geese and red-wing black birds. Actually, I think I hear them now!
    Very nice!

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  48. Some things are beyond understanding, and some just don't need to be understood. I get this same impression every morning when I'm out with Tonka. And I wonder if he understands the language, or if he's just as clueless as I am.

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  49. Speaks of a lovely experience with this world. Something inside me feels peace from reading this.

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  50. Anonymous3:41 PM

    Thanks for putting a name to it. I was out in the woods this morning, just listening.

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  51. What a wonderful walk. Don't worry they can't understand you either and yet we all live together.;)

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  52. Very nicely written Sandy- it evokes so many images...who needs an alarm clock when you have nature? -

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