Portraits Poetry Series #66: When Ownership Returns

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image.  With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.


Portraits Series


A sudden hush
Has fallen over the forest
The last hikers
Whistle cheerfully
Toward the entrance
That the park
Slowly returns
To the ownership
Of its inhabitants.
Not far away,
Mother bear
Nuzzles her little one
In search of food
Yet he, still little –
The falling shadows
Of trees
Or scampers after
A wandering butterfly.
Mother bear
Becomes preoccupied
With a bramble
Of wild berries
Carefully eyeing
The little one’s steps
Interrupting her meal
With a low voiced growl
When he wanders
Too far away
And he finally joins her
When the urge to eat
Is strong.
Squirrels chitter
Chasing one another,
For food or territory
And perhaps a little fun
And birds escape
The full plumage of the trees
In dissent
Only to arrive,
Once again
Once the competition
Has ceased.
And soon,
All is at rest –
Soothed by the sounds
Of crickets and cicadas
Listening to the soft hum
Of gentle breeze
And the persistent trickle
Of nearby brook
Not all of the beauty
Is known
Or witnessed,
But most of the forest rests
Beneath the watchful eye
of a summer moon.

© Sumyanna 2016


4 Comments Add yours

  1. leigha66 says:

    A beautifully vivid poem!


  2. Reblogged this on Covert Novelist and commented:
    So delightful, whimsical but real too!


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!


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