The music of the Forests

At the threshold of imagination
My febrile spirit shudders
Caught in a sickness of wonder
For all that the mind can dream,
Is but a ghost of what nature has birthed.

Winter in Japan

What is there to know of harmony,
That the hidden vales of the far East do not
Where the hanging forests drape hills in verdant glee
And geysers steam the pools in winter’s pot

Aokigahara forest in Northwest Japan.
In the shadow of Mt Fuji.

Aokigahara
A home for ailing spirits
Closer to the Veil
.

Where else can I better learn of mystery
Than the creeping vines of Asian mangroves
Their watchful knowledge and secret legacy
Root, branch and leaf; All with a different story

Sundarban forest in India.

Sundarban mangroves
Light finds rest in your shadows
Unjudged and reborn
.

If I sought to find the virtues of grace
I’d look no further than home, to the basins of Africa
Where one can belong, and yet be unique
Where giants and minnows, can find an equal place

A part of The Congo rainforest in far West Uganda.

Congo canopies
A Level for all to thrive
A Utopia
.

Dreams do not hold the patents to fantasy
For the coral underwater forests exist
And how I long to see those divergent colonies
Lush with no modesty, dangerously exquisite

The Great barrier reef in Australia.

Belize and Barrier
Reefs that hold infinite fates
Beauty with purpose
.

For the relics and richness of history
I’d risk an expedition to the heart of Europe
None may resist the realms of the Fey and their enchantments
Lest for fear of the dark lands and their entrapments

The black forest in southwest Germany.

Call of the veiled woods
Promising legend and fame
A new Brothers Grim
.

If I forgot the miracles of the new world
Then I’d suffer to lose the wisdom of the redwoods
Ancient beyond reckoning
Old when the world was new

The redwood forests of California.

Trees of the heavens
To see you, is to love you
Oh, my swooning soul
.

Alas, the greatness of the Amazon
Unrivaled in diversity
Teeming with life yet to be discovered
Carrying the burden of an asphyxiating world

The Great Amazon forest in Brazil.

Refuge of nature
Rivers sculpted by the gods
A divine blessing
.

Much I’ve mentioned
And yet but a fraction
A tidbit of the wonders
And the music
From the forests of this world.

The first step to saving them is loving them.

Β© judeitakali


I pray this stirs some love in us all.
I also hope you enjoy the poetry, and all the haiku in bold italics.
I’d love to know your thoughts on it.

P.S.
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73 Comments Add yours

  1. Ingrid says:

    Beautiful Jude: a symphony of nature!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid,
      Do you have a favourite one amongst those?

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Ingrid says:

    My favourite lines are β€˜For all that the mind can dream,
    Is but a ghost of what nature has birthed.’
    Because that reminds me of Wordsworth! But I love the whole poem, how you toured the earth and brought us a strong conservationist message 🌍

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for saying so. I wanted to dress the message in love instead of dire warnings. But I will write the dire ones in the future I’m sure

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  3. What a wondrous ode to the magnificent natural splendors of the world Jude. I do hope man understands the destruction he is causing to this fragile beauty and showers his love on them.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Radhika 🌸
      I actually didn’t know this had sort of become an ode till you mentioned it. 🧑
      Some of these are being protected, and with just a little love, this beauty can show off its resilience. It only seems fragile because man is too ravenous.

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  4. Dora says:

    Oh how lovely!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Dora says:

      Fave line: β€œveiled call of the woods” πŸ’š

      Liked by 2 people

      1. judeitakali says:

        Haha thanks alot Dora. After writing the first freeverse for each forest region, the haiku would follow so naturally. Tho I had researched and there’s more information in them than meets the casual eye.

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  5. I had never been to these places, until I read this poem! It’s lovely!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh thank you Sirishty. I’m glad to help out with awareness. I did extra research on them but there’s only so much I could put in a poem. However if you Google, you might fight very interesting facts on each one of them and maybe see that this poetry actually has a little more depth to it.

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      1. Will definitely doπŸ™πŸ™

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  6. sammicakes says:

    Finding beauty on every continent, love it!!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sammi.🧑😊

      Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for the reblog πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  7. vaniheart says:

    Ohhhh this is very well put and magnificent πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much VaniπŸ•ŠοΈ

      Liked by 1 person

  8. A great celebration of mother earth!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, and these are just forests, there’s so much more w

      Liked by 2 people

  9. msjadeli says:

    We do inhabit a place of wonder. Mother Gaia is a parent easy to love. Nice series, Jude.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎπŸ§‘

      Liked by 2 people

      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  10. AnuRijo says:

    Yes whoever stays closer to the nature can hear it- the music of the forest 🌳..beautifully captured πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ•ŠοΈπŸ

      Liked by 1 person

  11. memadtwo says:

    Each forest has its own deep beauty. May we treasure and save them all. (K)

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      AmenπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ§‘

      Liked by 2 people

  12. Chris Hall says:

    What a wonderfully worded trip around the globe, Jude. Your words reflect the beauty of the locations to which you take us. Respect for nature!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Chris. I do love my trees. And I want to infect others with that love sometimes, without the dire warnings. I’ll keep sharing those too, but not always

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        Love conquers all. What better way to spread the word? πŸ™‚

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  13. -Eugenia says:

    Gorgeous tribute to the wonders offered by mother nature. My favorite line “Where giants and minnows, can find an equal place”. Bravo! πŸ’

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi.
      I don’t know if my opinion on my own piece counts, but I have a huge crash on Japan, I almost wrote only about it. But I took greatest fun in writing the black forest bits.

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  14. mariamichaela says:

    “If I forgot the miracles of the new world
    Then I’d suffer to lose the wisdom of the redwoods
    Ancient beyond reckoning
    Old when the world was new”

    This would be my fave but loved the entire post.🌷

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Michaela, great to see your thoughts. Thank you so much ❀️
      I have such a crash on redwoods and even a huger crash on Japan☺️😊

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        Ahhh that’s why. It shows on that line

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  15. theresaly520 says:

    I absolutely love this post! Such lush descriptions that capture magnificent beauties.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Saly. Great to have you reading ❀️☺️

      Like

  16. A beautiful reminder of our duty to Nature and the world, Jude…

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating 🧑🍁

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Jude your post and haikus were brilliant. Excellent pictures of our Mother Earth. Hope we all can preserve her environment that she gives so generously and lovingly to all us human beings.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed.

      Like

      1. You are always welcome Jude 😊😊😊

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  18. michnavs says:

    I love your haikus Jude and your post is such a delight

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle 🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Sadje says:

    A fantastic ode to this amazing world of ours. Well done jude

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much Sadje

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  20. LaDonna Remy says:

    Beautiful poetry and photos.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much LaDonna

      Liked by 1 person

      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  21. Bulbul says:

    Wow! This was so beautiful, Jude, filled with nature’s bountiful energy which is so soothing and calming in itself and combined with your talent was a treat for the soul. I love the pictures and lines “If I forgot the miracles of the new world
    Then I’d suffer to lose the wisdom of the redwoods” are just perfect.
    Cheers

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much Bubble. im so glad you liked it. im a bit distracted this week but i will be over to yours asap.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Bulbul says:

        Not a problem, buddy, I also have been distanced for more than a month from WP so I totally understand!
        Stay happy πŸ™‚

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  22. Jules says:

    There are so many natural treasures that we as humanity seem to be destroying daily. We need to love our lands, our world and all the people on it with an equally fierce protective love. Recognition of loss is just one first small step.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Very much so. Thank you very much Jules.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Prominence says:

    This post took my mind into a journey around the world. 😎

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you kindly for appreciating.

      Like

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chloe

      Liked by 1 person

      1. howel0705 says:

        You are very welcome

        Liked by 2 people

  24. hereisab_ says:

    Sunderbans is the most beautiful scene πŸ˜ƒ beautiful blog admin 😍 it’s like an inspirational blog

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. Glad you liked that one

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Excellent. Words well woven in with pictures.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alotπŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

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