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Once Upon a Forest Walk

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Once Upon a Forest Walk



The forest is cool, inviting.  I look for small wildflowers in lush grasses growing beneath the trees.  Sunlight streams in shafts
and there is birdsong, birdsong and delicate ferns on gentle banks.

Soon, I see a pathway that winds beside a clear stream.  The roots
from the trees reach toward the water etching deep ruts .
Large rocks decorate the edges -mark the curves that beckon
beckon me to follow on.

A large puddle appears, blocking the path. I take off my shoes and paddle through enjoying the squishy mud.

Suddenly, a bear - I STOP, 
watch it foraging for berries.  With caution,
 I back, silently away to let it follow the terrain
 onward to its cave and hibernation.

Something sparkles on the ground - I stoop- pick it up.
 It is a long key with a open circled end. I put it in my pocket
thinking it will make an interesting ornament.

At the end of the path, I find a rustic cottage with
 high garden gates, banks of rhododendrons. 
A secluded hideaway.
There is neatness, order to the whole scene.
 smoke rises from a chimney 
into clouds overhead.

I pull out the key. It sparkles temptingly.


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  1. Date: 7/31/2013 4:58:00 AM
    Hi Suz the journey you took my mind down was one of suspense and tranquility.I wished this journey never ended.I liked this one from you much.

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Leaving us in suspense. Good ploy. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 3:44:00 PM
    an awesome fantasy poem... congrats :-) love LINDA

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 5:28:00 AM
    Hi SuZ most enjoyable poem congrats on your win ty for entering Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 6/27/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Nice piece with an element of surprise.I followed you all the way on this nature trail.

  1. Date: 6/27/2013 3:08:00 AM
    Enchanting and pure fairytale..I love it...Maybe next time ypu tell us if the key was tempting enough tto open the cottage door and reveal what you found..Maybe part two ? :).you re a great storyteller sweet lady. I love your post-Charma

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 7:47:00 PM
    When read this beautiful write, it somehow takes me to my beautiful wetland trail, and then to my favourite story ever 'The secret garden' anyhow I reall enjoyed your words Suz, thank you Peter

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 8:23:00 AM
    great write.gives peace.wonderful!.gives peace great!

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 12:30:00 AM
    That key! beautiful, enchanting, sweet and mystical. I loved your free verse, the forest was here, the scents and the dreamy atmosphere. Thank you for it. :) G.

  1. Date: 6/23/2013 10:01:00 AM
    nice write. I enjoyed your trip to the forest even though I am a city person...very expressive with great imagery

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 6:29:00 PM
    very cute ;}

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 7:56:00 PM
    I felt like I was in that forest, its so descriptive gives a great visual feeling ,,,lovely write suz..really enjoyed!!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 1:12:00 PM
    Love it, a nice little adventure!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 12:11:00 PM
    Your descriptions are wonderful. You painted a scene with words that I can see.

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:41:00 AM
    Surprise ending..Sara

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:14:00 AM
    for some reason this poem had put me at ease, such a lovely write, enjoyed your write XOXO SKAT

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 12:21:00 AM
    Don't do it, Goldilocks! Great write, SuZ. There are many elements in your excellent descriptive poem of one I have been composing in my mind on a similar theme. Have a great weekend... David

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 10:06:00 PM
    wow,I love where your imagination took you. I gotta try this one and then remember to put it in the contest. haha!!!