Walk in the Woods

Post date: Sep 10, 2017 3:0:59 AM

The TAO group on Wednesday 6th September walked into the Neurum Creek dry vine rainforest reflecting on the Poem by David Wagoner:


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree of a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.

The group then drove to Mt Mee to the Piccabean Forest walk. It was a day for having a lingering ‘tree shower’ and for attending to the music of the earth community in bird song, the sighing wind in the high leaves and the stillness of the grey Sydney gums.

After a morning of fog in the Stanley Valley the new moon rose over the Somerset Dam late afternoon creating a slipway to the heavens.