“The Gift”

The warming of skin

by Sun’s soft kiss

Fragrant petals of color divine
fills the nose and eyes
with hopes of calm
as a soft wind drifts by 
caressing the soul

Trees wave with leafy hands
giving invite to share in abundant joyClouds and birds open the show
as they dance in a sea of blue backdrop
Turning black for the evening soiree
featuring Moon, stars and other heavenly delights

Nature is a gift
to sustain our lives
soothe our spirit
and strengthen body and mind

-C. H. Eldridge

*To view more works by Charles, visit ANP’s Poetry section.

“The Old Barn”

The old barn
what a tale it could tell
the storms it’s weathered
to protect what it held

With board and nail
it grew towards the sky
a proud new monument
that looked down from high

Labor and time…
sweat, blood and tears
it served it’s purpose proudly
throughout the years

Like an old friend
it was trusted and true
and was always there
for your stuff and you

But now you’ve moved on
and your barn remains
the elements and gravity
have swept in to claim

It’s boards and nails
are now warped and rusty
the contents inside
are old and dusty
and the moss-covered foundation
is wet and musty

It leans to the left now
and shutters from the wind
will it stand another Winter
or collapse from within

I hope it will make it
but know it might fall
eventually in Nature
the end comes for all

The old barn
what a tale it could tell
the storms it’s weathered
to protect what it held.

– C. H. Eldridge

*To view more works by Charles, visit ANP’s Poetry section.

 

"Bringing the Outdoors In" Explore our World Through the Photographic and Written Works of Adirondack Native– Charles Henry Eldridge

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