Ubi bene, ibi patria

my fatherland
is the land of my mother,

the deep woods in summer,
lichen walls shelved by bracket fungi

where green
is the color of silence
I will gather moss,

bed down wildness
and breathe home

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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50 Responses to Ubi bene, ibi patria

  1. claudia says:

    I will gather moss,

    bed down wildness
    and breathe home… oh i like much…so much atmosphere in this…

  2. green is the color of silence

    I love those words πŸ™‚

  3. brian miller says:

    oh i love this…the forest and nature has always been a home to me…love the father and mother play in your opening lines as well…..

  4. Rowan Taw says:

    Perfect – I love moss, lichen etc., and I love a poem I can smell!

  5. Pamela says:

    Susan, what a lovely soothing poem. Nature is a wonderful thing, isn’t she?


  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    where green is the color of silence… I love that

  7. “breathe home”…I can feel that.

  8. aprille says:

    Fatherland and Mother tongue.
    Strange, that.
    Can’t quite work out where your ‘ubi’ is, but it sounds cool and fresh.

  9. this smells green. i adore it.

  10. kkkkaty1 says:

    green is also the color for life and peace and growth…so few words needed to get your meaning across ..nice πŸ˜‰

  11. Sounds ideal, I just love the ending, I really want to be there,sounds peaceful.

  12. Wonderful choice of title…I’m partial to Latin, I guess. Wonderful, tight poem.

    • Thanks, Victoria. I like Latin, too. Hah–the reason for so much of it lately is I ended up with a Latin phrase daily tear-off calendar instead of the word-a-day I usually get–that’s what happens when you wait until mid-January to get a 2013 desk calendar πŸ˜‰

  13. nelle says:

    Such a time and place to savour…

  14. nico says:

    Deep woods . . . Oh yeah, you know I’m liking this one! Great job.

  15. janehewey says:

    Susan, Susan. this is strikingly lovely!

  16. I agree with the other comments…”where green is the color of silence”– what a calming couple of lines! ~peace, Jason

  17. Mohana says:

    lovely. and very serene. love “gather moss.”

  18. Bruce Ruston says:

    Very nice and atmospheric

  19. my fatherland
    is the land of my mother,

    Classic line, Susan.

  20. Ok – I so love this poem from the opening word to the final line. Simply completely beautiful! K

  21. MarinaSofia says:

    I fully agree with your motto! And the irony of the opening lines…

  22. heidi says:

    I like the last line and the idea that you breathe in your home, making it a part of your body.

  23. Tony says:

    What a relaxing, soothing poem – had me breathing deeply to take in the fragrance of your woods.

  24. wolfsrosebud says:

    really enjoyed this… loved the punch in just a few lines

  25. kaykuala says:

    where green
    is the color of silence
    I will gather moss

    Yes, we have to stimulate and cause some commotions to enjoy what life has to offer. That’s how I read this. Nicely Susan!


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