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My Church of the Woods: Poetic Musings About Nature and the Creator

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Beautiful wooded setting

Beautiful wooded setting

My Church of the Woods


Walking into a Forest Alone

Footsteps Softened by Nature's Carpet


Moss Cushioning the Earth

Towering Cathedral of Trees


Where Twigs Snap

And Leaves Rustle


Beetles and Berries

Vines Intertwine

And Violets Surprise


Ferns and Fungi

Sweet Earthy Smells Permeating the Air


Where Squirrels are Chattering

And Chipmunks are Scattering


Symphonic Notes

Orchestrated by Frogs


Crickets

And Grasshoppers

Join Sweet Melodies of Birds

Singing Solo


Occasionally Providing a Forested

Choir of Songs

Pleasant to the Ears


A Sudden Fluttering of Wings

As Avian Pilots Skim the Air


Shafts of Sunlight

Slicing through the Foliage

Illuminating their Colorful Vestments


Wooded Pathways

Teaming with Life


Fireflies Flickering their Lights

Being Watched by Unseen Eyes


Mesmerized by Fantasies of Fairies

Dancing around Nighttime Bonfires

With Wood Nymphs

And Toadstools


Feeling Small

Feeling Happy

Feeling Solitude

Feeling Peace


Alone and Yet

One with the Universe

My Church of the Woods

Appreciating Nature

There is just something about being out in nature and communing with it. As a child, I vividly remember walking in the woods next to my parent's home in the country. The air was clean and lightly scented with a lifetime of decaying leaves, which helped to soften the ground upon which we would trek. It was the perfect breeding ground for various types of mushrooms, ferns, and other plants that could thrive in shaded areas.

The beautiful shafts of sunlight peeking through at various times of day made it a magical place to spend precious time. The sunshine's glints would temporarily illuminate a flower or patch of moss, making it seem for that special moment something of extraordinary allure.

Breezes would rustle the leaves of the trees in the summertime. During the fall season, those tree leaves' changing colors were transformed into transient beauty almost too beautiful to describe! In winter months, the naked branches of those same trees became blanketed with snow and ice. It was an entirely different look but equally gorgeous.

A wooded setting is a subject matter for an ever-changing palette of colors. The serenity of a wooded setting seems a perfect place to slow down and reflect upon life. Many types of trees live longer than the days we humans live.

Just as our lives are never quite the same from day to day or season to season, transformations are continually taking place in the woods. Some of them are slow and minuscule, while others may be sudden and catastrophic, such as a devastating forest fire. Yet even then, life springs from death.

Magnificent woodlands and forested areas will always be a special place for me, and one in which I think about our Creator.

"But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come."

— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for your comment on this article. I loved growing up next to a woods and being able to enjoy nature in that way.

Also, thanks for finding articles not yet on niche sites where you can still leave comments. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending upon how you look at it, I still have a great number of articles on HP not yet on niche sites.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 06, 2020:

This poem describes perfectly what it's like to walk in a fairly large woods. Love this poem and all the great photos.

Checked out 6 articles before I could find this one that still allows comments. Before I wrote you about this issue I had checked out 4. I hope they fix whatever the problem is because comments will be sparse for all of us until they do.

Sharing this on AH & FB.

Hope you are staying healthy and safe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2020:

Hi George,

I like how you relate visiting Muir Woods to being "like a cathedral in the open air." That is how I feel in beautiful forested areas. Thanks for your comment.

George on October 03, 2020:

Pleasant memories of visiting Muir Woods, outside of San Francisco, came back as I read this article. It was like a cathedral in the open air. Thank You for making my day more peaceful during these trying times.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 19, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Thanks for your most complimentary comment. I appreciate it. Nature offers us so much in the way of beauty.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 18, 2020:

Nature is resplendent in all its glory, anytime. The creator's creation is the ultimate beauty. You have brought out the nuances in nature so beautifully in your poem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2020:

Hi Diana Carol,

We have similar feelings when it comes to nature. I am pleased that you liked my poem.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on September 18, 2020:

Thanks for your beautiful poem, Peggy. Nature is always a spiritual experience and leaves me refreshed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I am pleased that you liked my attempt at poetry. The beauty of nature has always fascinated me.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2020:

Beautiful expressions and so much of meaning to it. A connection to life itself.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2016:

Hi Shyron,

It is rather maddening when someone steals what one has written or photographed...but as a person I met recently said...kharma will kick in at some point and pay them back. Nice way to think of it. Thanks for the share.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 24, 2016:

Hi Peggy, your poem is so beautiful I am back to read and share this again.

There is no justification for thievery

But, that alone is not the reason others steal

Someone else's writing

It is because they cannot think or feel

The have no imagination

So they think that thievery is ideal

When someone else's art they steal

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Peggy, I hope you put a hex on these mindless thieves.

Blessings always.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2016:

Hi Mark,

So glad you enjoyed my bit of poetry. Your bonfire photo was put to good use. Thanks for releasing it into the public domain. Wishing you a wonderful year also!

Mark on March 20, 2016:

I enjoyed reading your poem. It was beautiful and relaxing. I took the bonfire picture, and I'm glad you were able to use it. I hope you have a wonderful year.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Hopefully your wishes for a long Spring will come true. Would be nice! This poem of mine has been copied multiple times. More DMCA's to be filed! Wish people would write their own poetry instead of copying other people's work.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 25, 2016:

Came back to share this excellent poem and photos. Getting to a time when walking in the woods will be very pleasant -- before the awful heat returns. Spring is my favorite season in Texas. Hope we have a long one.

Hope you're off to a great start on this new year. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2016:

Hi moonlake,

I also love wooded settings. Thanks for your lovely comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2016:

Hi Shyron,

So glad you enjoyed my little poem and let me know. Thanks! Blessings to you also!

moonlake from America on January 20, 2016:

Beautiful poem. I love being in the woods.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 20, 2016:

Peggy this is beautiful, I love poetry.

In my mind I can picture all these things

And in the woodland sounds

The Church Bells ring

And in the buzzing bees the Angels sing

~~~~~

Blessings and hugs

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

So glad you liked reading this. I grew up next to a woods also when I was a child in Wisconsin. Loved it!!!

We lucked out with hurricane Patricia. It was not as bad as predicted and the city was ready to block off flooded streets, etc. Glad you fared well also. We saw images of flooding where people got caught in it. Always a sad situation when people lose property and even worse...lives during flooding events.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 26, 2015:

What a beautiful poem! Love it! And great photos! I didn't know you wrote poetry and you do it very well! I could imagine everything you describe as I used to love walking in the woods on our property when I was growing up. We had 3 of them.

Sharing this poem. Pinned it to my Purple 6 board also.

Aren't the cooler temps glorious? I'm glad Patricia didn't cause all the problems she was forecast to cause and I hope that was true for you and your family too, as much as it seems to have been generally. Take care. . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

So glad that you liked this. I always feel closer to God when I am out in the majesty of what He has created. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 30, 2013:

Oh Peggy this is wonderful and voted up.

An enchanting tale of wonder and beauty.

Up up and away without a doubt!!!!

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2012:

Hi Bobbi,

I couldn't agree with you more. We have some mega churches here in Houston where the pastor helicopters between one mega church to the next for Sunday services. And we still have people going to bed hungry at night or living on the streets. Something is wrong with this scenario. That church you mentioned on wooden logs out in the open sounds wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2012:

Hi ignugent17,

So glad that you enjoyed not only the poem but the photos as well. Thanks for your comment.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on August 23, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

What a lovely poem. and since I am a country girl it touched by heart double time. Closer to thee in the wood where we are free, would for me.

I always said if all the money people spent to build huge churches was used to help the needy and the sick it would be a better world.

A church in the woods would be Heavenly to me. That is what I loved about visiting the mountains---we had church on wooden logs out in the open. It was wonderful.

Thanks for writing this lovely poem it made my night.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Hello doodlebugs,

I guess it is natural that we should all feel that way. After all, natural surroundings were created by a force much larger than any of us and it is easy to contemplate God in such a setting. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Hi Sunnie Day,

Isn't it wonderful to feel so close to God when in natural surroundings! I can see that we feel the same way. Appreciate your comment.

ignugent17 on August 23, 2012:

Beautiful poem and it is very soothing while reading. It relaxes the mind and the pictures makes it more comforting. Enjoyed it!

Nolen Hart from Southwest on August 23, 2012:

I feel more connected with the earth and the creator when I am in the woods myself, enjoyed your Hub.

Sunnie Day on August 23, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

Being this close to nature...has always made me feel close to God, enjoying his beautiful creation. Thank you for a beautiful hub. A church bound by no walls where the whisper of God is heard through the trees. AWESOME!

Sunnie

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2011:

Hello jean2011,

So glad that you liked my poem about my church in the woods. Thanks for your comment.

jean2011 from Canada on August 01, 2011:

What an appropriate title to describe the spiritual connection to man, nature and God. Thank you for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 16, 2011:

Hi Micky,

As beautiful as ornate man made cathedrals can be, there is nothing like a natural setting to generate feelings of reverence and feeling close to God (in my opinion). Being in places like the redwood forests...oh, my!...it is truly my church in the woods. Thanks for your comment and may God bless you too, Micky.

Micky Dee on February 16, 2011:

Yes ma'am Peggy. We need to hold a prayer meeting in there! God bless you dear Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2010:

Hello Doug Turner Jr.,

Thanks for commenting on my Church of the Woods poem. I agree with you as to your insights of being attentive in a wooded setting. Thanks!

Doug Turner Jr. on November 23, 2010:

Nature can definitely provide a religious experience if one is attentive enough. Very colorful and fragrant description given here of your sacred place. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2010:

Hello Rebecca E.,

Thanks! I personally think that there is a special feeling in a woods or forest and other natural settings that far surpasses any church made by the hands of men. Thanks for your comment.

Rebecca E. from Canada on October 12, 2010:

i love this poem and it is lovely, I prefer the woods to teh "big city"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi sameerk,

Glad that you liked My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for letting me know. :-)

sameerk from India on July 21, 2010:

nice poem , loved it

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

The woods, the oceans, the desert, the mountains...those and more are spiritual places for many people. A Higher Power certainly had a hand in this and other creations. Thanks for the visit.

billyaustindillon on July 17, 2010:

A walk in the woods is a great way to clear your mind and remind you that this couldn't be this perfect without someone overseeing it! I get the same feeling when I am in the ocean or watching the ocean.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hi swosugrad09,

So happy that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for the comment.

swosugrad09 from Oklahoma on June 24, 2010:

Wow, this was beautiful! I felt like I was actually in the woods. You are a very vivid and descriptive writer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2010:

Hi epigramman,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for the nice words.

epigramman on May 29, 2010:

my my my - after reading this I just want to lay down over there and dream ....... I am relaxed and very mellow!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2010:

Greetings Astra Nomik,

So very pleased that you liked My Church of the Woods poem. Will have to check out your poetry now. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on March 19, 2010:

This is such a beautiful poem and it has a lovely spiritual dimension to it, the forest is alive and full of life everywhere. You catch so many details, I love the texture, so rich.....

I am a poet and you write the poetry I love, tying nature and the human spirit together. Have to be a fan now! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2009:

Hello MFB lll,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed "My Church of the Woods" poem and even added to it with your interesting comments. I don't see many praying mantis around these days as in the past. Thanks!

Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on December 28, 2009:

No wonder the mantis is praying....the cathedral of trees

is a sanctuary where only paper plates are passed, and day dreams are collected. The deacons are the aquirrels gathering the nuts in to worship, and the pews are horizontal logs where one can pause and just breathe in the glory of communion. Lovely write~~~~MFB III

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2009:

Hello mp3crunch,

So happy that you enjoyed My Church of the Woods poem. Thanks for your comment.

mp3crunch from Kathmandu Nepal on December 23, 2009:

Very Nice and beautiful thoughts. Though i am reading ur hub for the first time . i am quite fascinating by it.. Thankss for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2009:

Hi Micky Dee,

I can understand the feeling of wanting to sit down amidst the ferns and earthy smells of a wooded setting. My "Church of the Woods" would probably soothe many a soul. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Micky Dee on December 22, 2009:

Very nice. I wanted to sit down there somewhere.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 21, 2009:

Hello Teresa,

Thank you for the compliment on my poem regarding "My Church of the Woods" It truly reflects my feelings in many ways.

Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. on December 21, 2009:

Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing. More power.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2009:

Hello DeBorrah K. Ogans,

Your comment said it all. Thanks!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on September 03, 2009:

Peggy W

What a wonderful poem!

It is a beautiful thing to be able to feel the Presence of God within the beauty of His handiwork in all the natural wonders He has created.

Thank You

Blessings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2009:

Hi Kiran,

Thanks for reading My Church of the Woods and commenting. Always good to see you here.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on August 05, 2009:

Lovely hub :) thanks a lot Peggy ...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2009:

Thanks M-Ocean!

M-Ocean from Vancouver, BC on July 30, 2009:

Beautifully written!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2009:

Hello fierycj,

Guess my love of nature is obvious. Africa is beautiful from what I have seen in articles, photos, shows, etc. Do you live near any of Africa's National Parks?

Thanks for commenting.

fierycj on July 29, 2009:

I can tell you love nature a lot. That's great. I'm from the heart of Africa, we get a lot of nature here. Good poem.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2009:

Sounds heavenly, shamelabboush, and no pun intended since I titled this My Church of the Woods. I feel sorry for city folks who have never experienced Nature in all its glory.

It is good for the soul! Thanks for the additional comment.

shamelabboush on July 29, 2009:

I once travelled alone for three days just to be alone in nature! Who doesn't love it? To be amidst wonderful nature and creatures, to nap under a tree, to walk in the woods alone while writing a poem! Unbelievable.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2009:

Hi shamelabboush,

I totally agree with you. I always feel closer to God when I am in His natural creations. Guess that is one reason that I am drawn to visiting so many national parks, etc.

From your comment, you must feel the same. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2009:

Hello loveroflife,

Muir Woods is definitely cathedral-like and wonderful to see. Happy for you that you have gotten to enjoy its beauty. Thanks for the comment.

shamelabboush on July 29, 2009:

Such a marvellous naturalistic poem! God can be discerned thru His creations and thru His majestic craftiness... Thanks dear...

lovewroflife on July 28, 2009:

Beautifully spoken. I too have been to Muir Woods in California and it is not just a church in the woods but a magnificent cathedral and truly inspiring.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2009:

Hi Zollstock,

Yes, My Church of the Woods does definitely have a spiritual component for me. I feel closer to God in one of His woods or forests or other natural spots than any man-made church, beautiful as they might be.

You said it so beautifully with your last sentence. Thanks!

Zollstock from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW on July 28, 2009:

Thanks for taking me there ... not just a natural but almost a spiritual journey, it seems. My parents used to drag us hiking when we were kids (we hated it!), and these days, I long for the lonely paths of forests -- they let you clear your lungs, your head, and your heart.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2009:

Hi Candie,

Sadly, I'm not. When I was growing up as a child in Wisconsin, we had a woods across the road from us. Choosing between the fields or the woods...the woods was always more of a lure, playground, discovery place, etc. Climbing trees was a constant. The clean and fragrant air and little critters who inhabited the place as well as the things that grew there........ah..........lovely memories!

I tried to capture some of this with my free flowing thoughts. The photo is one I took of Muir Woods in California.

Always look forward to seeing your comments. Thanks!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on July 28, 2009:

I never get tired of being in the woods.. and I'm surrounded by them!

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