December 2016: My Forest Chapel

December 2016: My Forest Chapel

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson


Sun’s warmth caresses my back

As twigs snap ‘neath sandaled feet.

A crystal creek like diamonds flows

Sheltering trout with rainbowed vests.


Sky looms high with dots of fluff.

Oaks and pines perfume the air.

Twin fawns nudge close to mother’s side.

Dove coos her ever mournful sigh.


Mirrored rows of oaks arch to cathedral peak.

Nature’s chapel harbored safe within.

A festive carpet gently sways

Grass speckled red and yellow, pink and blue.


Sun’s rays peek ‘tween waving boughs

Trim leaves of jade on oaken limbs

Glisten through specs of dust.

Could be God’s grace escaped from Heaven

To bathe my yearning soul?


Grasshoppers bob their rhythmic beat

While larks and robins blend sweet songs.

A feathery breeze tousles whispering leaves

And lacey shadows dance on bark.


Nature’s artistry etched masterfully

On forested canvas.

Nature’s symphony cherished deep

Within my soul.

Nature’s chapel formed elegantly

In arboreal design.


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.


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