Sunday, August 26, 2012

if leaves were instruments

The photo below is NOT a composite or a creation of Photoshop. It was taken this past Friday in Wakefield, Quebec where various trees were decorated with assorted objects celebrating an art and music festival. This particular tree had a number of musical instruments hanging among its limbs. I always thought that I could hear the trees singing in the forest. Now I see they can have accompaniment too :)

[ f/9, 1/100, 70mm, ISO 200 ]

if leaves were instruments

if leaves were instruments
then all the trees
would sound their majesty
with each and every breath of wind

their songs
would echo in the forest
race down our urban streets

where we would welcome
background music

and lullabyes
with which to sleep


it is to hear
their gentle songs
that i open windows
when upon my bed

hear leaves rustling
sending comfort
in their embrace

and there i dream
escaping torments
big and small

with worries lost
in soothing sounds
of nature's perfect instruments

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  1. Beautiful write and a lovely photo.

  2. Shelley wrote in Ode to The West Wind..."Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is"...your picture is a great visualisation of that.lovely write as well.

  3. Beautiful. If one sleeps with one's windows open, one hears wonderful natural sounds. Unfortunately few people do this any more. I love the forest songs in the daytime though. And I loved the picture you used as inspiration.

  4. Now that is a sight I would love to see! How remarkable - a kind of visual metaphor, which you have pursued in the words of your poem. I also find the sound of the wind in the leaves outside my window comforting.

  5. Oh this is SO WONDERFUL! I LOVE the photo and the idea of hanging instruments in the trees......your poem also makes me think of the Ringing Cedars of Russia, a forest where the trees are heard to sing.........loved this!

  6. Percussion and strings might be a bit of a prob for the wind itself, but maybe the odd squirrel could help out :-)
    Wonderful fun with great phrases like 'would sound their majesty'.

  7. First off, an amazing photo! And your poem bring the pic to life so the idea of musical trees being the soundtrack to our lives. Very nicely done!

  8. I loved this on so many levels--I loved the premise and the flow and the peacefulness of it. I felt embraced--

  9. These leaves really do sing tunes to calm our very soul. Awesome poetry here.

  10. Beautiful, beautiful poem. Trees play the zephyr.

  11. I like your creative picture ..if leaves were were musical instruments, this would liven our days of music ~

  12. I really enjoy the concept of windows being for more than sight. Well put, sir.

  13. Mario,

    It's been a long while since I've seen you on BC, so I thought I'd drop by for a visit. I'm glad I did. Such wonderful photos and poems, as always. Hope all is well with you!

  14. What a nice photo! All are on tree. Why this is situation?

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