Haibun: Forest Peace

For my prompt at Wednesday Muse and for Poets United, Midweek Motif: Peace


Haibun: Forest Peace
“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.” John Muir

These woods do not care about my problems, my joys. They have seen my tears and heard my laughter. They exist and have existed long before my great-grandfather’s grandfather. Deer walk here unafraid, birds nest and raise their families, small animals live and die. Owls hunt and crows observe. I stand in the middle of it all and breathe – in, out, in, out. I lie down against the damp fragrant earth and look up at the roof of leaves, the straight strong trunks, the fragile twisted trunks, the rain dripping from the leaves. I store up strength and peace and calm like a spiritual battery. I cannot stop smiling.
forest temple lures –
cedar incense – cardinal bells
peace reigns in this world

copyright kanzensakura

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gillena cox
    May 29, 2019 @ 15:06:20

    Ah yes, i can see it all the peace that come from forest bathing(Shinrin-yoku)
    Happy you dropped by my blog today Toni



  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    May 29, 2019 @ 16:17:40

    We are fortunate, who have forests to walk through and be in.


  3. susanstoo
    May 29, 2019 @ 17:24:47

    I Love this! The unafraid forest denizens, resting in that un attached forest brings certain peace. Yet, at times I go there with fear, resist the gift.


  4. Misky
    May 29, 2019 @ 18:04:49

    Absolutely gorgeous


  5. 1sojournal
    May 29, 2019 @ 18:57:50

    Being a sister to trees, your words ring a bell of truth deep inside of me. Thank you.



  6. Eileen T O'Neill
    May 29, 2019 @ 19:02:22

    There’s nothing like nature and a forest settting to find a peaceful escape:)


  7. Carrie V. H.
    May 29, 2019 @ 20:34:02

    Peace is the forests crown. It always feels sacred like walking into a true cathedral of God. 🌲😍Love this peaceful and majestic haibun Toni!


  8. Vivian Zems
    May 29, 2019 @ 20:41:27

    I’m all charged up, Toni with calming peace 🙂


  9. magicalmysticalteacher
    May 29, 2019 @ 21:20:10

    In such a peaceful situation, I would not stop smiling either.


  10. Rall
    May 29, 2019 @ 21:33:24

    The forest offers respite and peace. Lovely poem


  11. Sumana Roy
    May 30, 2019 @ 01:39:15

    Forest is like a mirror reflecting the true soul, which is peace made. Beautiful.


  12. Marja
    May 30, 2019 @ 03:04:37

    Stunning Haiku and beautiful contemplation as I felt I was there and felt peaceful


  13. thotpurge
    May 30, 2019 @ 07:12:19

    love “spiritual battery”


  14. robtkistner
    May 30, 2019 @ 12:51:56

    You are after my heart here Toni. I sbdolutely believe peace can be insilled and reestorec by nature. As I wrote in my poem Walking In Paradise, nature can bring me to transcendence. As you wrote nature helps you store peace like a spiritusl battery. Excellent hsibun. Love the haiku!


    • kanzensakura
      May 30, 2019 @ 13:31:07

      Thank you Rob. I am slso an old tree climber from way back. I love my trees as if they were family.

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  15. larry trasciatti
    May 30, 2019 @ 16:53:43

    Nice personification, referring to nature’s apathy


  16. navasolanature
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 08:22:50

    That is beautiful and takes me with you into the woods.


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