Fifty Shades of Green

green1It’s rained all winter here, days on end of mild and misty grey, and always, the drip – or drum – of rain in the trees. One of the great gifts of living in the temperate rain forest is that even in the grey, there is always green; green in the heavy boughs of cedar, weighted and wet; green in the shaggy moss and bright ground cover; green in the glossy leaves of the arbutus. Even though it’s grey, there is always green.

green3And then, the sun shines, and the forest comes alive, a thousand shades of verdant green. The sunlight slants between the highest boughs of cedar and fir, and bounces off the sword ferns and salal and Oregon grape; it illuminates the fat carpets of deep green moss and shines through delicate lichens. The muted darkness of the forest is transformed.

green5 And as I revel in this beauty, I think of e e cummings’ words, a perfect prayer for the woods: “i thank You God for most this amazing/ day;  for the leaping greenly spirits of trees/ and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything/ which is natural which is infinite which is yes.”



About Sally

Poet, seeker, author, mom. Celebrating the beauty and mystery that surrounds us and learning to trust in the journey.
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6 Responses to Fifty Shades of Green

  1. kp says:

    Beautiful…..we have 10 or 12 inches of snow here; temperatures have hovered around -20 degrees C for 2 weeks now. I look out my window at a white snow, black bare tree trunks, and the occasional blue sky; Your greens warm the soul!! Kim

    • Sally says:

      Oh no! It has to warm up soon! It seems like it’s been a really long, cold winter everywhere except the west coast. I’m enjoying reading your Spiritual Warrior posts, Kim.

  2. Lovely! Yes, green is good. Someone told me that if you’re in a forest with filtered light, actually everything is kinda green-tinged – so your brain has to colour-correct. Which it duly does.

  3. Mike Howe says:

    Beautiful deep green forest plants, really lovely 🙂

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