Tuesday, March 20, 2012


If I could learn another language
It would be the tongue of nature,
The syntax of trees,
the music of wind and bird,
the grammar of grassland and forest.

Imagine discovering the mystery
of the great silence,
and learning to chant the meaning of the world.

Thanks Hilary!


steven said...

i think you do pauline . . . . steven

Tabor said...

What a lovely poem. Just perfect and certainly something I can empathize with.

Brian Miller said...

The syntax of trees,
the music of wind and bird,
the grammar of grassland and forest

dang this is beautiful...i would love to learn that language...what wisdom it must hold...

Anonymous said...

I would love to learn that language, too. Beautiful poem!

Hilary said...

Beautiful, Pauline. It seems to me that you speak Nature better than most.

Sueann said...

I would love to learn to chant the meaning of the world...just the thought of that makes me sigh!!
Thank you for a beautiful poem.
And congrats on your Post of the Week award,

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful. inspiring.

congrats on your POTW!

Meggie said...

Very, very moving.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Smiling.... the language of nature.
xo jj

Joanna Jenkins said...

PS Congrats on your POTW from Hilary.

Hilary said...


congrats on POTW.

Judith said...

It's true, you are already a Nature speaker.

Marion said...

Ohhh...the tongue of nature. I LOVE this poem, it touched me so very deeply. Thank you very much, Pauline!

Pauline said...

Steven - not as clearly as I wish, but than you.

Thanks, Tabor. It was composed while I was sitting in the Cobble forest.

Brian, my feelings, exactly!

Barbara - thank you :)

Hilary - I try but I must learn to listen more closely. Thank you for the POTW mention :)

Thanks, SueAnn!

and thank you, too TexWisGirl

Ah, Meggie - thank you. Thinking of you.

Good to see you, JJ!

Thanks, Hilary :)

J - we have some understandings between us, Nature and I

I'm glad, Marion, and glad you told me so :)

Friko said...

I agree with Hilary, this is a worthy POTW.
You are right, what other language do we need.

Anne said...

Wonderful poem. I am reading a book on linguistics and your poem fits marvelously with it.

goatman said...

I am always enamored of trees. Although these look a little daunting!
Best to you.

Pauline said...

Friko - thank you. I've been out communing with nature a lot lately and so have been away from the computer. I always appreciate your comments :)

Thanks, Anne - what was the book you were reading? I've always wanted to study etymology and think learning the origins of nature's words just as important.

goatman - those trees are magnificent, growing on the west coast in the protected redwood forests. I would live among them if it was allowed.