Sunday Morning

Junipers in the forests outside Warsaw.
I didn’t know that junipers like sand.
They stand, huddled, like secret, silent figures in hoods.
They walk behind us. I turn to look.
They stop in their tracks, like monks.

~ Anna Kamienska, from A Nest of Quiet: A Notebook, trans. Clare Cavanagh from Poetry Magazine, May 1, 2012


Photo: Marek7 with Forest in Kampinos National Park in on the north-west outskirts of Warsaw

Comments

  1. I didn’t know Junipers like sand either or that Junipers berries are the flavouring for Gin! Who knew? 🍸

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  2. sentinels.

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  3. Great picture and words. Gave me chills.

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  4. Lovely all around. I almost expect to see fairies peeking out from behind the trees..

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  5. The photo certainly conveys feeling. Not all that pleasant but rather cool and creepy. I don’t think I’d want to go for a walk in those woods. And it looks like the kind of place you wouldn’t want to enter without a compass.

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  6. We looked at the photo and were we surprised…So interesting how junipers grow in another part of the world. Those look so spindly. Over the mountain from us there are 1,000 year old Junipers and they are big, they also like volcanic soil…I’ve seen gnarled juniper logs used in architecture for support poles and they are so beautiful…in some areas of our state Juniper’s are considered invasive as they suck much water from the dessert landscape, water that is needed to keep “springs” bubbling. I like the smell of juniper and juniper and its berries are so pretty on our Christmas Wreath…Juniper berries are used in Herbal Medicine… /// We had a very sweet cat, “Juneapurr” who passed on,while in my arms…

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  7. and I learn so much from your wonderful offerings…thank you

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  8. Have to agree… not the friendliest looking woods, is it? But oh… juniper berries do add great flavouring to many things as well as gin… 😉

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