A valiant woodsman of God’s green earth,
An ever gentle soul,
Treads nobly through the forest’s edge,
To conquer hill and knoll.
Morning chill, punctuates warm breathe,
Condensing on cold steel,
A rising sun greets a friend of old,
With beckoning appeal.
The singing birds, call quick to arms,
Warning to those that hear,
The woodsman’s made his presence known,
To this they must adhere.
The ageless warrior nestles down,
A clearing by a brook,
From iron sights, he takes a bead,
A short but lasting look.
Ten points in all, the target grunts,
And directs a gazing eye,
A trigger’s squeezed a slight indent,
The woodsman breathes a sigh.
A crack of thunder, a flash of light,
The beast is crashing down,
The woodsman offers praise to God,
The forest makes no sound.
A resounding victory born this day,
Upon much hallowed earth,
And from majestic creature lost,
Does spawn a sacred birth.
The woodsman leaves, more quiet than came,
In humbleness and awe,
To tell a tale of conquest sought,
To share of what he saw.
The Tripped and sullen Woodsman
Frustrated and calm, he stands with trees
Ominous branches, each one a soul on limb
Stranded, echoed with leaves
The trunk either thriving or poisoned at core
With his axe the devil decides
A cut and your body will do the same
And when it falls, a mortal will die
He spotted her bare tree -
and it suddenly filled him
with an overwhelming desire
to refresh her leaves.
So after some time
and cunning persuasion
he was given permission,
and her leaves
started back up
in droves -
her tree started glistening,
just like it had
when it first started to grow.
Then, unbeknownst to her
he was eyeing other trees,
yet she was too immersed
in her long overdue fulfillment
Then suddenly a quiet went through her,
it was the same quiet
that she had before
the woodsman stopped by -
and slowly all the newfound leaves
like dead flies.
She now stood
with winds cutting her
even more to the core,
what a fateful mistake
she had made,
for not only did she feel
she may be forever barren,
she also had full view
of the woodsman
using his salesman approach
on all the other trees
in a similar state.
So, after some time
she realized that she already had
the prized gift of life,
and that moments come and go
and we are to use them
as a light,
and since she could not pick up stakes
she decided to be the tree of light
for all the others that surrounded,
and with that thought, her leaves started growing back
so fast, even she was astounded.
She still sees the woodsman
going from tree to tree
and they still have a certain chemistry,
but her long term woodsman -
he was not meant to be.
I don't mind working on my own
It gives me time to ponder
While my body works away
My mind begins to wander
Dusty serenades the treetops
Pesky teasing squirrels
I sit on a tree stump
Pleasing little scribbles
Cut down, saw up
Cart, split stack
With a certain satisfaction
It seems to me
There's an ounce of poetry in that
He remembers the night they first met,
Alone in the woods,
Cradling her in his arms,
She was just kindling then,
Fractured and frail.
He took her to his cabin,
Where his only company
Was the chill that hugged his bones
And the gentle whispers
Of creaking wood.
He laid her down on the hearth,
A bed of coal and shredded paper
Soothed her splintered skin
And she nestled deep into
With a match in hand
He knelt beside her,
And with one strike
He pierced her skin
And she was transformed.
Her heart raged,
A blazing beauty
That filled the room,
A sweltering spectacle
That would bring the Sun to its knees.
The Woodsman watched in awe,
Perplexed by the way she swayed,
The way she devoured the icy air
And exuded such radiance
He had to look away.
The butterflies in his stomach
Further fanned the flames,
And she reached out eagerly
To hold his hand
And entwine her fingers with his.
The Woodsman knew it would burn,
But playing with fire never seemed so enticing,
To feel her scorch his soul,
Feel the rush as flesh and flame
Seductively entangle in an unforgettable inferno.
And when the black night thickened,
When shadows ceased to dance on the walls,
The woodsman will always remember
When he danced in the flames
And made love in the embers.
Peering in to the forest,dark then clearing,appears a horseman riding
bringing tidings of a battle won,
fought on some foreign field
and bought by death under a foreign sun.
There is no rejoicing here,no celebration,we wait to hear news from some distant shore,for we are parents of the sons who won the war,and what for we ask?
to bask in everlasting glory?
Bring me back my dead,rebuild for me another story of no war,no battles fought,no victory was ever bought without the shedding of our blood.
Good men die or live and we who gave them life,the father,wife wait to hear,
wait and fear
the knocking at our door.
He lived in a cabin
At the base of the mountain
His face grey and weathered
His posture awkward, angular
He was chiseled from the very rock
Hair like wire
Coarse and the colour of rust
Sticking straight up from his head
Like a shoe brush
And he walked with a stick
Each morning he'd be seen
Knelt by the stream
Fishing while his eyes darted
Left, and right
Black as the water
He seemed to melt into the backdrop
His clothes like bark
His bare arms gnarled and knotted
Like the trunk of a tree
He had sprung forth from the very ground
And when he died they say
He returned to the earth
His breath became the wind
His tears the rain that watered the land
And his smile could be seen
In the flowers that grew
my heart, my heart, my heart --
how do you speak with no vocal chords?
how do you ache with so few nerve endings?
how do you move suns and moons with such small mass?
the enchanted axe removed each limb,
one by one, bringing nick chopper down to size,
and gave him a body full of tin.
however, in attempting to heal his wounds,
the tinsmith failed to replace his heart,
and the tin woodsman was no longer
able to love the one to whom he had given his heart.
and he continued to live this way for years.
how i envy the heartless,
how i envy the ones who feel pain, but not
the pain of the heart, the pain of the soul.
there are times i want to rip my own heart out.
the gravity of such a decision
was hardly noticed, the way gravity
is hardly noticed -- a force we do not fight.
so, of course, i said it -- "i love you."
and in that moment the earth moved
beneath my feet. i felt the tilt of its axis;
i felt the weight of the world; i felt it all.
and of course, my frame was far too slight.
i felt a piercing pain, i could not move,
and i feared the worst. there are very few
maladies that cause paralysis and sharp pains
all over the mind and body. but
this was nothing new, this was nothing
i hadn't felt before. to have a heart,
to feel a heart, to know a heart,
is to feel unimaginable pain.
my own words have become my enchanted axe;
my own heart has removed each limb
and replaced them with tin. and yet my heart remains.
is that a better fate than having no heart at all?
Every so often without warning all of the hatred and pain I've gone though culminates into an extreme rage to where even if I am the happiest motherfucker out there I become a high energy ball of absolute fury.
This of all feelings is the hardest to contain. It takes much more time and diversions to force me mind into relaxing and to stop focusing on all things that elevates my sense of anger and vengance.
Even if rationally I know that inciting revenge upon another solves literally nothing and will never satisfy the strife you feel within, it takes control.
I am here writing this right now for sole purpose of attaining the inner peace I had just prior to the flash of blind yet justified destructive and malicious thoughts. I know my incredibly intense ferocious internal possibly borderline insane sense of righteousness would only lead me further into the depths of absolute darkness and self hatred.
That is why I strived to have a strong Willed mind, one that will never faulter under the most formidable of scenarios and forces. Although some may blind side me and toss me into a void of degradation, I have the experience and aptitude to ascend back into who I really am sincerely.