A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

Through the woodland
           we walked hand in hand
heard the rustle
           of a baby squirrel
in the undergrowth
           saw crows pecking
at the rich pickings
           in the damp soil
and magpies going silently
           about their business

and in the open field
           a dog fetching a ball
only for it to be thrown again
           All nature falls yes
but life bounces back
           the hollow trunk
decaying down into the soil
           will rise again
in fresh limbs
           that will proudly withstand
the rain and the wind
           nature is par excellence
a survivor and love
           is in our nature

John Lyons


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