Lost

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lost
a soft whisper
leads us home

 

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Photo: Proxy Falls, Oregon, c.b.w. 2015

Some views make you work for it. A friend and I drove from Portland, Oregon into the wilds of the Willamette National Forest. We got lost more than once, almost ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere, and she could have sworn a bear was following us as we hiked the trail, (there was no bear, but I digress). It wasn’t long before the trail turned into more of a suggestion and we had to guess where the waterfall might be … that’s when we started listening. We followed the sound of cascading water until we finally spotted it through the trees. This hidden beauty was worth all the obstacles and imaginary bears. What a view!

Words: c.b.w. 2019

Cascade

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water cascades
the sound of time
standing still

 

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Photo: Horsetail Falls, Oregon, c.b.w. 2015

When there’s nothing but you and the sound of water rushing down, everything outside of that sound just disappears. The birds, planes flying overhead, and even rustling leaves don’t dare interrupt the whoosh and flow. It’s exhilarating and calming leaving the imagination open for more and the soul perfectly content.

Words: c.b.w. 2019

Underneath

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leaves blush
in morning sun
shadows in the grass

 

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Photo: Portland Japanese Garden, c.b.w. 2015

Sometimes the most beautiful scenery isn’t right in front of you, but rather where you least expect it. While strolling through the Japanese Garden in Portland, I noticed a maple tree that seemed small and ordinary. Blush colored leaves drew me closer and feather like branches made me stay. It wasn’t until I kneeled down to tie my shoe that an incredible view caught my eye. This little maple tree so unassuming from the top was actually an incredible cathedral of beauty from underneath. Lesson learned, always take the time to look at things from every perspective.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019