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  1. 1. Walk With Nature30 Nature Poems for National Poetry Month Chosen and Illustrated by Diane Cordell “Chapel Pond” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8072219622/
  2. 2. “Wonder” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7373048774/ “Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings: communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams. And they will learn that death is stingless And as beautiful as life.” -John Muir, Walk With Nature
  3. 3. “Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;Or surely youll grow double:Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;Why all this toil and trouble?Enough of Science and of Art;Close up those barren leaves;Come forth, and bring with you a heartThat watches and receives.” -William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned“Light ahead” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8021655881/
  4. 4. “Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year.” -Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring “Spring Beauties” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6876106812/
  5. 5. “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrushThrough the echoing timber does so rinse and wringThe ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing...” -Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring “Robin’s egg” by dmcordellhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5923096685/
  6. 6. “Light” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5705143886/ “A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period -When March is scarcely here” -Emily Dickinson, A Light Exists In Spring
  7. 7. “A toadstool comes up in a night, Learn the lesson, little folk: An oak grows on a hundred years, But then it is an oak.”-Christina Georgina Rossetti, A Toadstool Comes Up In A Night “Fairy Ring” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/4706604680/
  8. 8. "A small speckled visitorWearing a crimson cape Brighter than a cherry Smaller than a grapeA polka-dotted someone Walking on my wall A black-hooded lady In a scarlet shawl." -Joan Walsh Anglund, Ladybug “A Polka-dotted Someone” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7310609252/
  9. 9. “Delight” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7711640198/“Wee wings and eyes,Wild blue gemmy dragon-flies...” -Louise Imogen Guiney, Down Stream
  10. 10. “Wild Strawberry” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7161074849/ "Strawberries that in gardens grow Are plump and juicy fine, But sweeter far as wise men know Spring from the woodland vine." -Robert Graves, Wild Strawberries
  11. 11. "You are made of almost nothing But of enough To be great eyes"...I want to believe I am lookinginto Andwhite fire of a great mystery. the diaphanous double vans;I want to believe that movement, To be ceaseless the imperfections are nothing --that Unending hunger...” -- that it is more than the sum the light is everythingof each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do." -Mary Oliver, The Ponds “White Fire” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7516918648/
  12. 12. “The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings.The happy earth looks at the sky And sings.” -Joyce Kilmer, Joy “Ferns along the bank” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5805661647/
  13. 13. “I had a penny, A bright new penny, I took my penny To the market square. I wanted a rabbit, A little brown rabbit,And I looked for a rabbit Most everywhere.” -A. A. Milne, Market Square “The Visitor” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5575347697/
  14. 14. “Furu ike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto” - Matsuo Bashô, Frog Haiku “The old pond; a frog jumps in -the sound of the water” -Translated by R.H. Blyth. “The Frog Prince” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5662493656/
  15. 15. “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tideIs a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.” -John Masefield, Sea Fever “The sea at Dorado” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5498471966/
  16. 16. “I gathered shells upon the sand, Each shell a little perfect thing, So frail, yet potent to withstand The mountain-waves wild buffeting.” -Edith Nesbit, Sea-Shells “Conch curl” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5494812545/
  17. 17. “Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood Rolls fair and placid... And falling fast from gradual slope to slope,With wild infracted course, and lessend roar, It gains a safer bed, and steals, at last, Along the mazes of a quiet vale.” -James Thomson, Waterfall “Honey Run Falls” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/4780452214/
  18. 18. “After the Rain” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8106206776/"It aint no use to grumble and complain;Its jest as cheap and easy to rejoice;When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,Why, rains my choice." - James Whitcomb Riley, Wet-weather Talk
  19. 19. “God, when you chiseled a raindrop, How did you think of a stem, Bearing a lovely satin leaf To hold the tiny gem? How did you know a million drops Would deck the mornings hem?” -Angela Morgan, God the Artist “Spangled” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/4606920868/
  20. 20. “Birch” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5226895843/"I have heard the sunset song of the birches,A white melody in the silence...”-Stephen Maria Crane, I have heard the sunset song of the birches
  21. 21. “The heron is the exact blue of the shadows the sun makes of trees on water. When you hold the heron most clearly in your eye, you are least certain it is there.” -John Engles, Danselfly, Trout, Heron“Great Blue Heron” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6109067257/
  22. 22. “Oh, good gigantic smile o the brown old earth, This autumn morning! How he sets his bones To bask i the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet For the ripple to run over in its mirth...” -Robert Browning, Among the Rocks“A walk in the woods near Butler Pond” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5172607918/
  23. 23. “The forest holds high carnival to-day,And every hill-side glows with gold and fire; Ivy and sumac dress in colors gay, And oak and maple mask in bright attire.The hoarded wealth of sober autumn days In lavish mood for motley garb is spent, And nature for the while at folly plays,Knowing the morrow brings a snowy Lent.” -Ellis Parker Butler, October“Beaver Pond Road” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5094225417/
  24. 24. “Nest” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8139631898/"...Woven basketof a saintsent back to life as a birdwho proceeded to makea mess of things. Windright through it, and any eggslong vanished.But in my hand it wasintricate pleasure,even the thorny reedssoftened in the weave..." - Marianne Boruch, Nest
  25. 25. “Milkweed seeds” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8072204431/ “...a cluster of open milkweed pods brown flat seeds, a ball of cotton candy silk waiting for the wind, to catch the currentsto fly like gossamer sails across the blue fall sky twirl and arc heavenward...” -Raymond A. Foss, Waiting for the Wind
  26. 26. “ All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed... Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold.” -William Carlos Williams, Winter Trees“Roots” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6936481369/
  27. 27. “Icing” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/8197007121/“The white of the dusting of snowlingers in the shadows, on the fallen leaves,the cooler spots in the yard,in the lee of the shrubs, the crooksof the branchesin subtle and still ways, remaininga little longer, cooling the world,providing fringe and accentbefore the sameness of winter...” - Raymond A. Foss, Winter Coming
  28. 28. “Chitter, chatter,Scold, scoldGray squirrels scoot,Through winters cold.Over ice,Over snow,Leaving footprintsAs they go.”-Marie Cecchini, Squirrel Tracks “Squirrel tracks” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6798035307/
  29. 29. "If I had wings I would touch the fingertips of cloudsand glide on the wind’s breath.If I had wings I would taste a chunk of the sunas hot as peppered curry.If I had wings I would listen to the clouds of sheep bleatthat graze on the blue.If I had wings I would breathe deepand sniff the scent of raindrops.If I had wings I would gaze at the peoplewho cling to the earth.If I had wings I would dreamof swimming the desertsand walking the seas." -Pie Corbett, If I Had Wings “Wings” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3442866484/
  30. 30. “We dream that all white butterflies above,Who seek through clouds or waters souls to love,And leave their lady mistress in despair,To flit to flowers, as kinder and more fair,Are but torn love-letters, that through the skiesFlutter, and float, and change to butterflies.” -Victor Hugo, The Genesis of Butterflies “In My Own Time” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6056551063/
  31. 31. "The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speaks to me. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, speaks to me. The faintness of the stars, the trail of the sun, the strength of fire, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars." - Chief Dan George“Darkness and Light” by dmcordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/6340625757/
  32. 32. Diane Cordell @dmcordellWhat Im Thinking: http://dmcordell.blogspot.com/What Im Tweeting: http://twitter.com/dmcordellMy Photos: http://www.flickr.com/dmcordell/My Slidedecks http://www.slideshare.net/diane/presentationsMy Pinterest Boards http://pinterest.com/dmcordell/My RebelMouse Aggregator https://www.rebelmouse.com/dmcordell/“Snow-covered beaver lodge” by Jackie Cordell http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5454831056/