I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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12 March 2008

Among Trees

Birds are the first thing I hear
when I sit down beside the fig and the hoop pine. Lots of them,
chirruping conversationally
from tree to tree, sounding happy
in the late sun softened by a breeze.
Then I hear the sea,
continual, always our background.
The cyclist in the park glides silently
but the birds notice and comment: a sudden flurry of music.
When I listen deeper, I hear
the leaves moving very gently
fluttering like feathers. It seems the trees
are spreading wings and preening, it seems they smile.
I rest my chin in my hands. I am in no hurry to go anywhere.
The circling branches of the fig
make a frame for the park and the road beyond.
The sun starts to burn my back through my nylon blouse.
A helicopter growls and chugs in the clouds.

© Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2008

My friend Raeline, visiting in January from overseas, gave me a reading with her Spiritual Voyager cards. One thing I was told was to go out into nature, listen to nature, and then write my poems. It's productive!

A long time later, I'm linking this to The Tuesday Platform for May 17 2016 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'.


  1. The sound of aeroplanes on a clear day is something I associate strongly with summer and countryside. And here too is your helicopter (caught up, incidentally, in a very nice line).

    It is funny how we have come to associate the least natural of things with the most.

  2. When I lived really in the country, as distinct from the present coastal village, it was tractors on hot, lazy afternoons! :)

  3. Loving it, Rosemary, such a happy scene. Those joyful birds sing their hearts out, then getting serious when a possible interloper comes into their little world. Sounds and sights, you don't want to leave.
    Then, sneaking up to ruin it all, the hot sun scorching your back and then comes the finishing touch, "A helicopter growls and chugs in the clouds.."
    BTW, mine post for 'Tuesday' is also the sounding birds. But then comes a mixed scenerio that isn't exactly cheerful.

  4. I really love this... somehow I think i might go out with a notebook and just observe... there is such awareness in a poem like this.

  5. What a lovely time this must have been, even with the chug-chugs. Amazing what you notice in your own silence.

  6. The sea as your background, enviable.