Holding our breath in reverence
for the mystery of the forest
we’ll explore the dangers ahead
timid yet brave for adventure,
breathing in good fresh air.

How to escape the labyrinth?
Tie a string and trail it behind,
leave paterans of twigs at junctions
or cut blazes in bark to point the way?
Keep an eye out for monsters
or maybe there’s a bear.

Collect pebbles in pockets
for a cairn at the top
to show that we were there.

Day 12 of the Granada Camp for Wayward Poets Challenge at Poetic Bloomings

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8 Responses to Exploration

  1. I love your poems from a child’s perspective.


  2. Such a sweet reminder of our forest adventures as kids. I do remember being scared of getting lost in that little patch! I actually know what a pateran was, so I am feeling quite smart. I wasn’t even a Scout.

    The idea of collecting pebbles for a little cairn… my daughter’s father in Jewish, and when you visit a Jewish cemetery (we used to call them “cementaries” because the marble looked like cement!), you leave a found pebble at the grave to mark your visit. They consider it so much better than wilting flowers… and I have kept this tradition at all gravesites since. Thx for your recent visit, Viv. Love seeing you in the comments. Amy


  3. “to show that we were there”. Somehow, throughout life, we have a need to do that, to leave our mark here and there whenever we can or it seems right to do so.


  4. kaykuala h says:

    There are many guidelines on jungle survival here reminiscent of those young growing up years. Thanks for the memory Viv!



  5. colonialist says:

    A great exploration of exploration.


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