I Want to Be

I want to be…

A tree in the woods,
       branches swaying in the stormy wind
       roots digging in the soft moist earth
       shedding my leaves in the autumn
       starting afresh in the spring
       basking in the warm light of a summer sun
       shivering in the cold air of a winter’s day.
A raven in the sky,
       hollow bones lifting me high above the trees
       sharp beak and claws ready for a fight
       riding thermals with my wings stretched out
       feeling the currents shifting through my feathers
       steering with the tips of my tail
       scenting changes in fate through the fall of the shadow.
A flower in the meadow,
       blossom unfolding to catch the sun
       golden stamen glittering in the light
       sweet scent attracting buzzing bees
       vibrant colours catching butterflies
       sneaking tendril roots into the ground
       petals falling off, he loves me, he loves me not.
A little breeze in the air,
       shifting from here to there
       following currents to new horizons
       drifting up and drifting down
       lifting and dipping and diving and swirling
       creating patterns in the lush green grass
       dancing reflections in a still dark pond.
A spider sitting in my web,
       watching the world go by
       catching a fly or two in my sticky tangle
       stretching eight legs as far as they will go
       cutting threads with sharp scary teeth
       spinning lace of intricate patterns
       weaving strands of glistening gossamer.

I want to be…

A tree in the woods,
       branches changing with the seasons
       roots drinking in the past and future
       cosseted by the gentle little breeze,
       protection to the fearsome black raven
       embellished by the crafty spider’s web
       shading the pretty flower in the meadow.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way, shape or form without my written permission.

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Poem by Sybille Sterk

This is about how I feel on the inside. :-)

Illustration to go with the poem here



I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • jacqleen
    jacqleenalmost 5 years ago

    Sighhhhhh…this is such a breezy, soft and free of BEING :)
    I loved your words…and the your ART is just FANTASTIC :)

  • Thank you so much Jacqleen. :-) Glad you like. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    I want to know how you keep such wonderful quality to your work….you consistency with wonderful prose and images is such a testimony to your talent and your creative heart,
    I so enjoy your writings and images….this one is the personification of the inner freedom we can have ….but it does take some more practice me thinks…. I am practicing whenever I can…xxx

  • Thank you KarenSue. I am still a work in progress and it’s ‘what I want to be’ unfortunately not yet what I am… One day. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    Oh I should of said that this one in my opinion is ……..
    I am a little forward me thinks…x

  • LOL, not at all. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormalmost 5 years ago

    You wish to be Nature and see what she breathes!? To fall in her arms is my greatest need! Love the poem and your thoughts friend! Bravo!!!…)o(

  • Thank you so much. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    You are such a lyrical poet, Syb – your words are like music, the rhythm of each piece matched to its mood. This is one of the most beautiful things you’ve written and that is difficult for me to say as I have loved EVERYTHING you do. The image that goes with this piece looks like a meditative prayer and the poem reads much like a hymn too – a hymn to self, to potentiality, to the grace that is you. xox

  • Dear Lianne, you’re such a sweetheart and your continued support means so much. :-) I am so glad you like this and so glad that I dared put my poetry ‘out there’. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Hathor
    Hathoralmost 5 years ago

    gorgeous, me too; to all of the above. xo

  • Thank you so much Kristin, for all your lovely comments. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    oh wow, yes how incredibly amazing that would be – and how you have captured all these within your words and art is mind boggling brilliant!!! you are consistently fabulous my friend. bravo! going to your art. hugs, me xoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Shar. :-) All the lovely comments and encouragement means ever so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    your talents shine like a beacon Sybille…..this is an awesome write and image…..your inner sight is most remarkable….a pleasure getting to know you. xoxo

  • Thank you so much Cos. :-) I am so glad to have ‘met’ you. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • mohawk man
    mohawk manalmost 5 years ago

    anyone who would want more than these beautiful things would be a fool!!!

  • :-) Thank you. I agree. They’re all anyone could ever want.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 5 years ago

    image and words are truly beautiful

  • Thank you so much Boo. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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