Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Forest Preacher--By Jim Teeters--United States

Forest Preacher

As I walk early this morning
the high half-moon
nibbles away at the few remaining stars
or is it the other way around?

A Steller's Jay preaches a raucous sermon
of heavenly promises
for those who repent and
turn from their selfish ways

Dark trees raise their lacy hands
to signal full agreement

The serpentine trail
twists off and I follow
suddenly aware of my hands
pushed deep into jacket pockets

Jim Teeters has published poetry in several anthologies. He conducts poetry workshops for children and adults and is active in poetry readings in the Seattle area through the Striped Water Poets. He is the author of six poetry collections and the book, Teach with Style, (ASTD Press July 2013). Jim is a retired social worker living in Kent, Washington.


  1. Nicely done, Jim. I enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!


  2. Nice word play, Jim, "the high half-moon" is a nicely toasted image...