Most authors will tell you to write what you know. In journaling, jotting down dreams, images, and thoughts is an immediate way of connecting the human experience with daily life . The things I know most clearly are the magnificent Pacific coastal mountains and for the past decade, the desert. Nature is the most extraordinary and uncontrollable panorama, and to me, always exciting.
Nature and the solace of the uncontrolled, non-domesticated life patterns are precious beyond measure. Each day is an unfolding chapter, often predicable, like the gathering of birds to water… and sometimes crazy.
It’s hard to believe there are some who want to destroy the most profound, and yet undiscovered life systems by over-development for profit.
This poem is dedicated to the theme of knowing.
You stepped out into the clearing
on the road
into the landscape of an eternity.
Born before the destruction
inside the morning,
with your presence.
Journal prompt: Write about wild animals. Do you live in a place where you can enjoy them? How do you feel about wilderness preservation and development?
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