I’ve seen you in the pavement cracks
And growing by the tin-roof shacks
You lace the hills and edge the dales
And cast your net of feathered veils

I’ve heard a girl say you were smoke
And there’s a boy thought you were broke
Your face I’ve touched, so soft and light
And with each wish you’ve taken flight

I’ve seen you ride upon the breeze
And there are insects that you tease
But with each journey that you make
You spread the joy of give-and-take

I’ve heard you called a simple weed
And much besides, but don’t take heed
So much in nature’s whole and true
But nothing’s perfect quite like you

Wayne Visser © 2006


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.