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10 Ways of Looking at a Walnut

February 13, 2012
By NathanB GOLD, Amherst, Massachusetts
NathanB GOLD, Amherst, Massachusetts
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In the vast forest,
the only sound
was a falling walnut.

Taken from sky
to earth,
the walnut sits for many seasons.

The mountain adventurer,
knapsack leaning on his back,
steps on a walnut.

If a walnut falls in a forest,
and no one is around to hear it,
does it really make a sound at all?

The Walnut,
eaten by people,
eaten by squirrels.

Who walks in the many
cliffs, crags and fissures
in the shell of a walnut.

There are some with
a rare talent, to
see the pattern in the leaves
of a walnut tree.

Rain falls in a storm,
the pattering
is accompanied by
the creaking of a walnut tree.

The food critic sips
wine aged in a barrel
made of walnut
and nods.

They thought they found
Blackbeard's lost treasure
but when they opened the chest
they found that it was full of walnuts.

The author's comments:
This was inspired by the poem "13 Different Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens

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on Jan. 18 2013 at 5:52 pm
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
13 articles 1 photo 299 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments which take your breath away.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

Beautiful! I laughed at the last one :P  You've made me think differently about walnuts now.