ABSOLUTE REVERENCE
by Lani Richardson

As I stand in the towering Pine Cathedral
I sense a higher power reaching out beyond infinity
The wind as it dances through the boughs
caresses the needles which tickle the bark
infusing space into the sap, to keep the blood flowing
down deep into the earth, delivering nutrients and insects
who continue the journey and crawl off onto the network
below ground that sustains the mushrooms atop
that nourish the deer
who feed the coyote…
Who finds me standing still
…in absolute reverence

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April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating by sharing with you throughout the month some of the poems (and prose) from our own nature themed anthology called NATURAL VOICES: CELEBRATING NATURE THROUGH OPENED EYES. There are 14 authors in the book and one author’s name will be drawn randomly each time we post a poem or prose excerpt from the book until all authors have been represented. Check our news blog regularly for the poem/prose posts.

Read more about National Poetry Month here: https://poets.org/national-poetry-month

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Get your copy of the anthology here: https://www.naturalland.org/merchandise/