Wendell Berry’s poetry blessed the opening of our writing circle this week. Then, the ‘inside’ women wrote about their relationships to earth, to circles, and to growing trees.
Here’s a lovely piece in which one writer recalled an ‘a-ha moment’ in a pine forest:
As I walk through these woods, I first think I am alone. Yet, there is so much I see and hear all at once. I take a couple of steps back, feeling as if I have invaded a secret place, a special place. I look up and see the sunlight breaking through the dense pine trees, splashing rays of light at my feet. I look to my left and see a shallow stream flowing over smooth rocks. ..the wind gently blowing and swaying pine boughs. I wonder, do I dare walk over to that fallen tree and take a seat? I try to be silent in my steps, to go and sit peacefully. I close my eyes as I sit, and I can smell the pine. I can hear the stream moving along. As I open my eyes, I realize I am not trespassing on someone else’s woods. I am part of this special place. I know my heart beats like the pulsing of these woods.