1. Listen To The Wind


    Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Spend a day with nature.
    Start before the sun.
    Leave your cozy house
    For something new and fun.

    Walk along a path,
    Close your eyes and see.
    Feel the cold wind brushing
    Your skin so tingly,

    What do you hear? Listen now.
    Listen for the voice.
    It whispers softly to your soul
    Through all of nature’s noise.

    The sky is growing slowly brighter
    The breeze seems to quicken,
    As if to hide from what is coming
    O’re the East horizon.

    What is it saying as it hurries,
    While foliage laughs in song?
    It’s changed its tune as the sun
    Comes out to greet the throng.

    Feel the warmth now penetrate
    Where goose pimples had been,
    And a fresh rejuvenation
    Fills you from within.

    Open your eyes and see the beauty
    That you had not yet seen:
    Dew on the grass, white butterflies,
    Different shades of green,

    Mist rising from the earth
    Almost like a dream,
    Busy bees check on blooms,
    Working as team.

    Petals on the tiny flowers
    Seem more delicate.
    And the breezes rise and fall,
    Telling the day’s fate.

    Breath in the fragrance of the morn’s
    Mix of musty smells,
    With pollen, dew, earth and such things
    The breeze will carry well.

    What is it saying? Do you hear?
    The wind is whispering.
    It’s asking you do dance among
    Its fairies on the wing!

    The birds now sing the chorus loud
    From every nook and cranny.
    And if you join in nature’s dance,
    You find your joy uncanny.

    As you whirl to nature’s song,
    You start to feel so free,
    You forget all but the sound
    Of the wind and trees. Continue reading

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