When I was young,
I created worlds
from acorn tops,
bits of moss,
flower petals and
pine boughs
gathered on walks
in the woods
with my grandmother.

I imagined mice
and wee nuthatches
visiting beneath towering tulips.

Just this morning,
I picked up
a plump pine cone,
the color of Sierra Redwoods,
to add to a montage
growing on the fireplace mantle.
A piece of driftwood and
two small grape hyacinths
add color, texture to the arrangement,
just waiting for the mice friends
of my youth.

7 thoughts on “Wonderland

  1. I am so glad to know that I am not the only adult who still picks up nature items and collects them. Over various items in my house, you will find rocks, shells, leaves, pinecones and various other items. I, too, imagined stories of fairies and animals with nature items when I was child. This poem made me smile.


  2. I love it! The windowsill above our kitchen sink is filled with rocks, shells, and wood carvings. I totally get it. You submerged me in beautiful imagery. Here’s to bringing the outdoors in!


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