Come journey among the giants with me,
Redwood trees, tall and straight, they are giants
Of the forest, each majestic and free,
Standing far above the forest silence,
Look up, tops so high we can barely see
As they all sway in peaceful ambiance,
Their beauty is in perfect harmony
With the winds, sun and sky in the distance,
Being down here I feel so humble,
As we gaze at majesty far above,
Each giant stands in perfect formation,
Let your heart open to love, become full.
I am filled with so much respect and love.
For these giants of splendid Creation.
When I was a teenager I was sent to live with my older sister and her husband in California. Gone were the days of life on the farm and the family was growing apart due to a major crisis. My two older brothers were away in the army, one of my younger brothers was shot in a hunting accident, and Mom and Dad were in the process of a divorce. The shock of all this was devastating to all of us. Thankfully my younger brother survived with good doctors and physical therapy.
After the divorce Mom and the three youngest kids joined us in California. We found a house close to my sister and our new life, so very different than ever, began. After the perfect childhood we had, I could not adjust to the different life style. I became very depressed and withdrawn. I missed my Dad so much I cried myself to sleep every night.
The only thing that gave me some joy were the Redwood trees. Almost every Sunday in good weather my sister and her husband took us all up to the mountains for a picnic. The profound beauty and majesty took me far from all my sorrow. There is a silence there that must be experienced to understand. After I got used to the silence on my lone walks, I began to hear something far above me, a steady sound that was very comforting. It was the wind blowing through the tree tops high above. I could not feel the wind because of the denseness of the forest. I felt as though the Redwood trees were talking gently to me. Walking among the Redwood giants was like being in a world of peace, where I could enjoy nature and the profound majesty of those trees. It was there, among the Redwoods, where I began my healing and found my spirituality.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns
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