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    The Oak Trail

    The Oak Trail

    The walk to the Overlook is two miles.
    I always take the Oak Trail.
    I hold my journal close,
    remembering someone's words,
    "Hold things dearest to you
    close to your heart."

    Butterweeds, primrose willow,
    tread-softlies and moonflowers,
    scampering squirrels, monarchs,
    swallowtails and sulphurs.
    'Gators peek from swampy waters.
    I remember my motherís instructions:
    "Ignore them. They only attack
    when they feel threatened."
    "Not unlike humans...", I think.

    Reaching the Overlook, I stand silent.
    The waters mirror graceful moorehens,
    ducks and iridescent grackles.
    Sawgrass Lake, centuries old,
    growing smaller with each decade.
    The trees are slowly disappearing.
    My mothers voice again, "The ax forgets,
    but the tree remembers."
    I whisper:
    "Like a tree planted by the water,
    I shall not be moved."
    God is in this place.

    And so I begin the journey back,
    two miles of nature.
    Do raccoons smile? Do squirrels say goodbye?
    Do birds cry?
    The carillon from the Presbyterian Church
    is pealing, "This is my Fatherís world."
    Listening, I find the trail home.
    Two miles of heaven
    to last me until tomorrow.

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    Absolutely lovely!
    God bless you.
    Jeremiah 29:11
    "For I know the plans that I have for you,í declares the Lord, Ďplans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." (NASB)

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    Wow ... that was a great read! Thanks for sharing.

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    Lexington, Kentucky
    This is a wonderful poem!! I enjoyed it very much.
    God bless

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    Jan 2009
    Hanford, California

    The Oak Trail

    Nice piece and picturesque. This must be a favorite place of yours to visit. I can picture it in my mind with your wonderful images in place.


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