Forest Bathing

Posted: March 6, 2017 in nature poems, thought stream

At dverse tonight Toni hosts haibun Monday – a prose poem and haiku-style ending on the subject of shinrin-yoku .. otherwise known as forest bathing.

Cortisol hormones zing when plucked. An atmosphere stretches
the nerves, cranks up stress until it’s screeching. Fused into your
brain so that your eyes are pinpricked electrics. A prescription
of forest trails, pine needle tranquilisers, wood oils drip feeding
calm disarm words bent on harm.

In spring the owl hoots,
its echo searching for listeners.
Leaf voices die in autumn.

Autumn Pine Forest

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Oh I so enjoy your haiku at the end. and yes, pine needle oil, woods smell, the smell of leaves and dirt – all are excellent remedies.

  2. I really love how you brought out that wonderful aromatic smell of the forest… I think that’s what I long for most.

  3. frankhubeny says:

    I had not thought of the leaf voices dying in autumn but the sound of the forest does seem different with leaves on the trees compared with now when the trees no longer have leaves. I will have to pay attention to that when the trees are full of leaves later this year.

  4. I love those pine needle tranquilisers! Very witty.

  5. The echo of the owl’s hoot searching for listeners is a tremendous image;

  6. wolfsrosebud says:

    Great hiabun. So complete in a few lines.

  7. kim881 says:

    A wonderful haibun, Paul – with an owl! I haven’t heard our owls for a while – they’re usually out and about in the early morning.

  8. Grace says:

    I need that prescription and wood oil drip Paul ~ Love the contrast with the haiku of spring sounds ~

  9. Great haiku! I love the sounds of owls in the woods.

  10. This haiku is what it is all about–the form perfectly executed and breath-taking. Thanks for the Rx, Dr. Paul.

  11. lillian says:

    Yes! I’ll gladly fill this prescription!

  12. Misky says:

    This reads as if you’re defusing a panic attack …

  13. Sherry Marr says:

    Your haiku is especially wonderful.

  14. Domesticated of
    oF Poetry..
    sAlve for the
    soUl and FoReST for the science..:)

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