Meanings of Wilderness

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Wilderness  (posted by Sumana)
Is wilderness a place? Is it an instinct? Is it an idea?
How does wilderness make you feel?

If wilderness is being wild
as an adult and not a child
I’ll show you stories I’ve compiled.
Not for the mild, not for the mild.

If wilderness is woods so dense
then being there would make me tense.
I do require openness
without suspense, without suspense.

If wilderness is peace, you see,
there’s no where else I’d like to be
then staring out across the sea.
Tranquility, tranquility.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Meanings of Wilderness

  1. Susan says:

    O! three options! Each a sort of wilderness. The rhyme and repetition are haunting, the entirety is beautiful.


  2. oldegg says:

    What a delightful poem and the style a real bonus.


  3. Sherry says:

    I love this form, and the message in your poem.


  4. Sumana Roy says:

    This is so lovely. Love the rhythm most.


  5. MYRNA ZACH says:

    just lovely



  6. Imelda says:

    Wilderness in the second stanza for me, please. 🙂


  7. ManicDdaily says:

    Lovely sweet rhymes here. I live in a bit of a wilderness! It can be tranquil–but there can also be bears! Thanks. k.


  8. annell4 says:

    I liked your poem and especially the ending!!


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