Reclaiming Our Environment

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths and completing his daily poetry prompts for the past few weeks. Today’s challenge is to think of the opposite of a manufactured landscape poem and get to the roots of nature in a Reclaiming Our Environment poem.

At the end of the work day when I’m coming home to decompress, I check the mail down at the road and begin the slow crawl up the winding driveway to my house, through the oak grove to the dense pines that line both sides. And there is something I do every afternoon that lowers my blood pressure and pushes my reset button:

Windows Down

I put my windows
down, listen to the crunch of
under-tire gravel 

then watch from the porch
as the leaves let it all go
to enjoy the ride

Made with Padlet

4 Replies to “Reclaiming Our Environment”

  1. Oh, I love the personification of the leaves, both the sound and the image. It so beautifully parallels the release you’re experiencing, a shared relief. Beautiful.


  2. I really like the way the first and last lines make a sort of summary thought for the poem. This is not to say that I was doing that skimming technique of reading only the first and last line!
    Two other things I take from this: I could use a longer driveway, and I could be more appreciative of the falling of leaves.


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