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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

"Night Forest" by Chip Ghigna
Acrylic on wood, diptych, 6 ft x 15" x 2
on display at ArtAlley.net

The Silent Forest

The trees here are easy to talk about,
though we never really take them one at a time,
never really know one with words.

Maybe our eyes are the problem,
and when we are close, our hands, too,
get in the way.

We almost cannot walk past the trees
with our fingers still in our pockets,
and I wonder if it is their silence

that we want each time to touch
or simply the feel of something stronger
than ourselves, something rooted and solid

that may tell the truth on us
whenever we come out of our pockets
and open our eyes.

©Charles Ghigna


Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

I love the idea of coming out of our pockets and opening our eyes...great sensibility here, Charles. Well done!

Marjorie said...

I too often can't walk past a tree without touching it and feeling the different bark textures - but I've never really wonderd why beyond that feeling of a connection with nature... I'll have to pause and think about it a bit longer next time.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Matt. Good luck with your winter poems.

And thank you, Marjorie, for hosting PF. Always enjoy reading your Paper Tigers.