Lost: A Poem By David Wagoner

Posted by Guri Mehta on Jun 26, 2017
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Some of us had a chance to hear Dale Biron share some powerful poetry yesterday. And it was a delight to sit next to him during dinner afterward, especially since I didn't catch the name of the poem that deeply touched me. I was glad to have a second chance to ask him about it:

LOST, by David Wagoner

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree of a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.


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