Writing from Nature

Workshop participants have commented on how quickly writing about an object can turn into writing about oneself – a porthole into our unconscious, reflective selves.

An exercise gave the writing group a small box with a delicately woven birds nest inside. This was used as a simple prompt to write – and to see what emerged.


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Interwoven pieces; twig and stick

and nylon thread. Brittle leaf;

Crafted by an unknown architect –

the pull of nature, guiding wing

and beak, the landscape waking up

but also bare, and bleak.


A flurry of activity, a signal to the spring

Creation, feathering, new life –

contained within this fragile, sturdy thing.

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