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~ Reflections of Nature a selection of peaceful poetry for tranquil moments

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This is a selection of tranquil poetry, that I hope you will find enjoyable, relaxing, & soothing in today's busy, stressful life. Take a few moments to find serenity within these peaceful writings. Look... & see your own reflection in nature. -- Amy

All poetry is © by Amy Merideth Swanson

Dedications. I dedicate this book to: My loving husband, Mike, whom I love so much & has always encouraged my writing. He lights up this life of mine greatly. My dear daughter Chaya...who provided so much inspiration. Her heart is beautiful! She is my sunshine & sweet light... My sister Bethany, who has been a sister, a best friend, & confidant. I love her dearly, she has brought a smile to my face many a time...& does a great job on my hair! ;) My best friend Angie, who's been more than a friend but as a sister to me as well these 20-some odd years. She has listened, cared, encouraged, & laughed at all my jokes!... My new friend Penny, who was there for me at a very sad time with the passing of my mother. She was a great encouragement to me in this project...

and saving the best for longest & last... to my very dear mom & dad Annette Caldararo Merideth & Lonnie Clayton Merideth They made me who I am today & are still with me... in my mind.. my heart... my soul. They taught me how to dream... how to laugh... how to live... but most of all – how to love. Mom & Dad... I love you. You have passed... but you live on in my memories... and in my life. Always. You are the heart of this book.

Table of Contents Colors of Dawn (tanka) .............................1 In Life (haiku) ........................................... 2 Sun Kiss–Welcome the Day (free verse) ....3 Morning Light Haiku ................................6 Spring Breeze (haiku) ...............................7 Floating Leaf (haiku) ................................8 Broken Branch (haiku) .............................9 Before the Storm (choka) ........................10 Snowflake (haiku) ....................................11 Winter Day (choka) .................................12 Raindrop (cinquain) ................................13 Sing of Spring (haiku) .............................14 Sun Serenity (haiku) ................................15 Haiku for a Ladybug ...............................16 Spring Afternoon (haiku).........................17 Wind Song (haiku) ..................................18 Haiku 22309 ...........................................19 Setting Sun (haiku)..................................20 Starlight (haiku)......................................21 Hush of Night (haiku).............................22

Colors of Dawn Peach-gold tones shimmer -- mist from twilight disappears kiss of sun peeks through swirls of pink and lavender bids a gentle good morning

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In Life Trees bring forth new buds soft winds blow, through sunshine skies -- nature basks in life.

Photographer: Michael David Swanson, Sr. courtesy www.michaeldavidportraits.com

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Sun Kiss - Welcome the Day Kissed so softly by the sun warmth on my face wind in my hair enjoying this place of quiet contentment at peace with life letting my problems go .... ... flow... out into this sunfilled sunshine sunglow sunkissed

afternoon without a care. Breeze blows gently I close my eyes ... soul drifts along entwined with nature precious moment peaceful solitude ~d r i f t i n g~

dreamlike... kiss of sun hot on my eyelids my heart open I welcome the day.

“Autumn Sky” --photo taken by Amy Merideth Swanson

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Morning Light Haiku The morning sunrise So beautiful to behold Glowing breath of light

Photographer: Michael David Swanson, Sr. courtesy www.michaeldavidportraits.com

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Spring Breeze sunshine streaming down soft breeze whistles through the trees; leaf rides on wind's wings

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Floating Leaf Little floating leaf Softly swirling in the wind Unending journey

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Broken Branch Winter-gray tree branch Hangs low, stricken by the storm Broken... but alive.

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Before the Storm Life is strangely still scent of rain is in the air animals are listening Sky becoming dark wind begins to softly blow gently whirling leaves play tag Storm clouds rolling in thunder rumbles distantly wind now blowing forcefully creatures take cover lightning flashes in the sky raindrop falls on my window.

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Snowflake Tiny white snowflake iridescent purity rides on winter's winds.

Photographer: Michael David Swanson, Sr. courtesy www.michaeldavidportraits.com

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Winter Day Cloudy winter day sky is gray and motionless silver-white frost blankets all chill runs through my bones grass once green is dry and brown; tree branches are stark and bare northern winds blow cold thick clouds hide sunlight from life nature sleeps, awaiting spring.

Photographer: Michael David Swanson, Sr. courtesy www.michaeldavidportraits.com

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Raindrop Raindrop sparkling water drizzling lazily down underneath cloudy winter skies cleansing.

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Sing of Spring Sun shines playfully tender buds reach for the sky new life sings of Spring.

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Sun Serenity Rays of sun so bright Streams of soft serenity Light tickles my soul

“The Path Not Taken” -- photo taken by Amy Merideth Swanson

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Haiku for a Ladybug Spotted ladybug Snuggled tightly in her niche Warm and quite content

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Spring Afternoon Warm spring afternoon robin hopping in my yard worm darts in his hole!

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Wind Song Melodious breath Wind's gentle song sings softly Lullaby of life.

“Wind Playing Tag with Leaves” --photo taken by Amy Merideth Swanson

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Haiku 22309 wind blows warm and crisp sunshine streams in my windowdistant train rumbles.

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Setting Sun Golden red sunset mysterious soft brilliancewonder of nightfall.

“Sunblast”
-- courtesy of www.michaeldavidportraits.com Photographer: Michael David Swanson, Sr.

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Starlight Starlight, silver white Twinkles in the winter sky Holding my heart's wish

Digital Artist: Amy Merideth Swanson www.artscapesbyamy.webs.com

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Hush of Night Moon hides behind clouds starlight dance beckons to me -quiet hush of night

“October Moon”
--photo taken by Amy Merideth Swanson

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** Images
Some of these images are mine ~ photos & artwork where indicated. My art site is http://www.artscapesbyamy.com All other photos were taken by my husband Mike, a wonderful photographer. His website is http://www.michaeldavidportraits.com. Clipart images have been gathered from several free sources on the internet, available to all... my thanks goes out to all the talented artists that give freely of their time & abilities to share with everyone. The links at which I found them are below: http://webweaver.nu/clipart (stars, birds) http://cksinfo.com/ (nature- flowers, clouds, leaf, suns) http://www.designedtoat.com/ (weather, flowers, suns and moons) http://www.freeclipartnow.com (flowers, plants) http://members.tripod.com/~Aimillie/ (ladybugs) http://www.coolarchive.com (spring daisy) http://www.clker.com (plants, trees)

About the Author:
Amy Merideth Swanson grew up in the hills of Tennessee. As a child she often observed life through nature, & was always awestruck at the simplicity & yet profound beauty to be found within each flower, leaf, rock, stream, or creature. She loved to write poetry & quickly found her favorite thing to write about was, of course... nature. She resides with her husband, daughter, & cat in south-eastern Tennessee, which has afforded her even more beautiful things to write about... majestic mountains & stunning hilltop sunrises. It is her hope that you experience peace & serenity within the words she has written for you. You may write to her at brown.eyedgirl575@gmail.com “It is my hope this book touches your heart, your emotions... your spirit. Wishing you a life full of love, laughter & sunflower sunshine smiles always!” Love, Amy