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“A Dryad’s Daydream, Essence of Oak”.
by Helga Ross.

Fall, a walk
in the woods, alone,
birds heard in the tall timber,
seen winging, a good feeling.
A drift of foliage
leaves limbs bare—
the wind blows a kiss
as if it knows I’m there.
Warmed by the cold breath
the sun sighs,
a tramp of the damp earth.
Squirrels scurry the furrows,
the crush of curled leaves.
Steps these same feet, hide n’ seek,
once scampered beneath
these same trees—
a frolicking kid’s fun runs
when we were fearless and young.
Among ground colours become
quilt covers my grandmother
might’ve patterned—a patch in which
I see me in sepia,
on umber my match,
her ochred old picture.
She existed, proof stored in a drawer;
still exists, because I recall.
Did I exist for these trees before?
Forthwith, familiar?
Do oaks growing old
hold trunks of memories?
Or, hardwood as hardware—tree-rings
careless, (unless I care)
except for life?—the only living things,
these, shared the same slice.
What does it mean that no one sees,
remembers this, but me?
What will it mean when I’m not here to see?
And because I care, spared,
when I won’t know these trees aren’t there?
© Helga Ross 2008


*Featured in All About the Hearts Group

Featured in A Fractal Energy Passion

Featured nin Flame Apophysis 11/20/2011*


  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 5 years ago

    OOHHH ! lovely great choice of colours

  • Thanks, the colors kind of chose themselves though. ;o)

    – Lauren Zorn

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 5 years ago

    ’tis beautiful !

  • Thanks Danita ! (hug)

    – Lauren Zorn

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...over 5 years ago

    great image and description

  • Lauren Zorn
    Lauren Zornover 5 years ago

    Thanks, glad you like it. ;o) I had actually done a search for dryad poetry but when this came up, I knew it was right.

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. Splendid design and colors. Fun script, isn’t it? ;o)

  • Bunny hi ! I was waiting for you ! ;o) Yes, it is a fun script in that’s not too fluid & it’s not rigid …. I hate scripts that only let you do a few similar images. Yes, I enjoyed it, though the gradient thing was a bit frustrating & required some work, but I’m good with color so I handled it just fine & I expect to in the future too. All in all, yes, I enjoyed it. ;oD

    And thanks hon !!!!

    – Lauren Zorn

  • DigitalDelights
    DigitalDelightsover 5 years ago

    Stunning!! Beautiful Autumn leaves quilt.. love the script, love the colour, love everything about it.. the poem is perfect… Well done what more can I say except.. LOVE IT !! lol

  • Thank you Jackie, a warm autumn quilt it is !!!! Like I said before, I never saw it as a quilt until you said it, but you know, it could be a quilt of leaves too. ;o) Thanks hon !!! HUGS !!!

    – Lauren Zorn

  • foxyphotography
    foxyphotographyover 5 years ago

  • Wow ! That’s terrific, thanks !!!

    – Lauren Zorn

  • copperhead
    copperheadover 5 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning!

  • Thank you so much !!!! ;o)

    – Lauren Zorn

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 5 years ago

    Powerful and dynamic, just as the old Oaks….beautifuly designed and an awesome pairing for those beautiful words by Helga Ross…I am drawn in, and still there…..thank you for your amazing talent, compassion and love of life! xxx JD

  • Nothing to thank me for Joyce, you know that. ;-) As for Oak here, well, when it developed, it just fought me on gradients. Some fractals are like that, they demand their own colors & you just have to work until you find it. And that’s what happened here.

    As for the poem, I was looking for dryad poetry actually, & this was the first one that popped up but I thought it was perfect. I’m glad you agree. ;o)

    – Lauren Zorn

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

  • Thank you !! ;-)

    – Lauren Zorn

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