A Blessing for the Woods

By: Michael S. Glaser (https://michaelsglaser.com/

 

Before I leave, almost without noticing

Before I cross the road and head toward

What I have intentionally postponed –

Let me stop to say a blessing for these woods:

For crows barking and squirrels scampering,

For trees and fungus and multi-colored leaves,

For the way sunlight laces with shadows

Through each branch and leaf of tree,

For these paths that take me in,

For these paths that lead me out