A valiant woodsman of God’s green earth,
BT Sanders
Oct 23, 2010

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
Paul Rousseau
Paul Rousseau
Mar 6, 2012

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













#poetry   #fire   #seed   #carbon   #log  
Mar 16, 2012

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

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.

Isabel Sykes
Isabel Sykes
Feb 4, 2014

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

and the tin woodsman was no longer
Andvari Sæglópur
Andvari Sæglópur
Sep 27, 2013

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?

Chris McNeilan
Chris McNeilan
Jul 28, 2015

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.

Just venting my mind.
before the woodsman intervened?
John F McCullagh
John F McCullagh
Dec 24, 2011

Now where were we, Wolfie
before the woodsman intervened?
Your hot fetid breath upon my neck
suggesting things obscene.
I was eager and no innocent
to try new things, I’m Keen.
That woodsman fellow was such a bore
thinking that he could keep me pure.
I knocked him out, then I made sure
he won’t disturb us anymore
So paw my scarlet robes aside
and see the treat that waits inside.
For one night only with no repeat
find out if I am good to eat.

A off take on little red Riding hood, written for a contest once sponsored by a troll
The woodsman swept
Tonya Maria
Tonya Maria
Feb 11, 2015

The woodsman swept
through the forest deep
To find a listening tree
that his secrets would keep.
With a strong trunk
grained wood to refine
To encase her remains
and enclose her mind.
At the edge of the forest
a tree stood alone
A silhouette frame
orange leaves and brown bones.
The woodsman knew
this tree was the one
He sensed the tree's wisdom
from her years in the sun.
Carefully he lowered
the tall tree to her rest
Then sawed along rings
of maturation expressed.
The wood became what
he sought it out for
A tomb to confine
the girl he adored.

One of my darkest...this time last year.
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