I went for a walk in the woods
quiet and stillness
of the forest
I smiled

I meandered along a gentle stream
of flowing water
I relaxed

I ran my fingers over long prairie grasses
falling back to the sway
of the wind
I breathed deep

I swam in a granite-bottomed lake
black water clean
as soap
I was cleansed

I paddled through a marsh
a symphony
of red-winged blackbirds
My spirit soared

I looked into the eyes of a doe
standing by a tree
while grazing
I was forgiven

I hiked amongst boulders
on trails
of my ancestors
I felt strong

I climbed to the top
of the highest mountain
and looked below
I could see clearly now

I went for a walk in the woods
my soul
I had changed