Poetry by Penny Wilkes. Photographs by Michael B Wilkes & Penny Wilkes
I awaken with a question: Where will I discover today’s adventure?
A swish of wings meets me as I walk out the door.
“Hop on for a ride,” a peregrine falcon coaxes.
“Whee,” I say as the bird directs me to his back.
My mind launches into the sky.
I feel elevation and joy as feathers surround me.
Fledglings entertain with their mock battle.
Feeling renewed with ferocity,
I slip back into my body.
Language of Trees
In years when curiosity did
all the work, nothing irritated
like the inconvenience
of nightfall that robbed
her of tree climbing light.
She clutched and scampered
into magnolias and oaks
despite parental warnings.
Eavesdropped on birds
She questioned why ancestors left
the doughy scent of branches.
While tasting the tang
of sour apples, she hid
her promises in limb shrines.
With feet back on the earth,
breezes left her senses
dazzled by evening’s light.
Applause arises from the sea.
Penny Wilkes, served as a science editor, travel and nature writer and columnist. An award-winning writer and poet, she has published a collection of short stories, Seven Smooth Stones. Her published poetry collections include: Whispers from the Land, In Spite of War, and Flying Lessons. Her Blog on The Write Life features life skills, creativity, and writing: http://penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com/ and at penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com. My photoblog is @: http://feathersandfigments.blogspot.com/
Michael B Wilkes is an award winning architect and photographer who has collaborated on three books of poems with his wife Penny Wilkes. On two occasions he has received recognition among the 100 Most Influential peoples in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Michael B Wilkes site: http://mbwilkesphotography.com
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