Self-Portrait with Padden Creek

This creek meanders
through my life now.
I walk the trail along
creek nearly every day
without apprehension,
seeking sustenance and peace.
Tension dissipates.
The creek’s strip of woods —
less than a city block wide,
I’d guess — sustains
teeming birdlife, wildlife,
and surprise encounters.
The creek whispers secrets
I can’t comprehend.
I hope for comprehension,
know a stream of green,
an oasis and refuge,
an antidote to the city,
the city’s rush, currents
of petrocarbon particulates.
Breathing, trees furnish
air fresh and scrubbed.
This creek meanders
through my life now.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 11

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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4 Responses to Self-Portrait with Padden Creek

  1. Nadine Jones says:

    I absolutely love it!

  2. jim Milstead says:

    Fine Poem Andy. Blessed nature.

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