Montana Outdoors

February 24, 2008

A Poet’s Message

Filed under: Inspiration, Nature, Outdoors, Poetry, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 11:52 pm

Their shadows silent in the dark,
His people’s future dim,
The empty page, white and stark
No words of hope from him.

Then on a breeze, small flakes of white
Lit dimly by a star,
Descended from the dark of night
And settled near, and far.

Upon the dawn the poet’s eye
Awakened by the snow,
Saw scenes from magic days gone by
Of beauty here below.

With fingers stiffened from the cold
He grasped his pen at last,
And on a page in letters bold
Scribed splendor from the past.

Words of wisdom, a phrase of mirth
Of meadows bright with verdant wealth,
The beauty of our Mother Earth
Her bygone days of vibrant health.

Hope kindled once again,
Heart to join the fight anew.
His message to the hearts of men:
“Within the wilderness, renew”.

(Maybe today it is time to consider something that John Muir said over a century ago, that going to wilderness is going home.)


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    Pingback by » A Poet’s Message — February 25, 2008 @ 1:11 am

  2. Excellent. MySpace lets you list your heros (it is for kids I guess) and after my parents I listed John Muir.
    Nice poem.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — February 25, 2008 @ 1:15 am

  3. ahhh man you don’t even want to get me started on poetry. 🙂 just trust me on this! I liked the work a lot – I still feel strongly that one of your greatest callings is telling a story. (I think it would be you who’d be most interesting at a campfire – okay first, Stephen King and then you.) Very nice piece Terry. I liked it and it contains the ability to put the older man right in the middle of my forehead. In the end, when everything rests, that’s exactly what a good poem is supposed to do.


    Comment by aullori — February 25, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  4. I think we are the fortunate who can call the wilderness our home. Not everyone has the opportunity. And then there are the unfortunately (stupid) who just don’t give a damn. Thanks for spreading the message that it is good to give a damn.

    And I liked the poem. I liked it’s positive ending. RENEW!


    Comment by barbara — February 25, 2008 @ 7:34 am

  5. Awesome poem, Terry. I really liked this – a better way to tell your story than prose, in this case.


    Comment by wolf — February 25, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  6. Nouveaufauves,

    I think we will return to health as a nation when we again regard such people as heroes.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 9:39 am

  7. What a wonderful poem! So well written, and its message is one that I wish more individuals had the opportunity to pursue. Thanks for sharing this.


    Comment by AK_Adventurer — February 25, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  8. Thank you, Lori! I’m pleased that you liked the poem: I knew you would the message.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  9. Barbara,

    You are so right that it is fortunate to be able to call the wilderness home. A few years ago I spent time in a large city where I met many folks who told me they would be very afraid to go into the wild country and I thought that was very sad.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  10. Thanks, Wolf! I’m not much of a poet (2 of 300 posts I’ve made here on WordPress are poems), but sometimes, as you said, poetry does provide a better way to tell a story. I’m glad it came through.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 9:55 am

  11. Thanks, AK Adventurer! I also wish more folks had the opportunity that we do here in the west. I consider our roadless areas as wilderness also but realize with sadness that there are seven of our states that have none. All the more reason to want to save that which remains.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  12. Robert Service in one of his more tender moments couldn’t have written a better verse than this. And I have both volumes of his work.



    Comment by Pinhole — February 25, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  13. Thanks for the kind words, Pinhole! That’s high praise indeed!


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  14. very nice montucky! really nice way to present your message. I really like the picture it paints in my mind…


    Comment by silken — February 25, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  15. Thanks, Silken! It’s also a wish I have for the folks of today.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  16. Wonderful poem by a wonderful naturalist! Sadly, too many college age students have no idea about John Muir or, my major interest, conservation art. I took a course in Environmental History and mentioned conservation art to too many “mystified” faces. Fortunately though, and much to my delight, they were absolutely fascinated when I explained how proceeds from the sale of stamps from conservation art is used to purchase and maintain wetlands and other open space. It seems to me that if we had more blogs like yours, montucky, our young people have the enthusiasm needed to save our planet. They just need to be made aware of the beauty of it all (be that through images or poetry)!


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — February 25, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  17. Thanks, Janet! I guess the best we all can do is to keep talking, writing and showing folks everything we can about the beauty and necessity of nature. One of the keys is certainly the young people. They still have enthusiasm and energy and the ideals necessary to make a difference. In a way, the current chaos about energy demands and environmental problems actually helps get people’s attention. It’s the young though who will have to carry through and get things done. For you and I too, it’s worth the effort because we never really know the full effects of the small things we do.


    Comment by montucky — February 25, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

  18. Muir’s words are always great for lovers of wilderness.



    Comment by knightofswords — February 27, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  19. Yes, he really loved it himself!


    Comment by montucky — February 27, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

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