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Lost

 A poem by David Wagoner

Lost

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 or 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.

Lost in the Forest

~ David Wagoner ~

 

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2 Responses to “Lost”

  1. Jill April 22, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    I think the author’s name is actually David Whyte. It is a beautiful poem.

  2. Rick May 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I got it from David Whyte, but David attributed it to Wagner–I think.

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