Walking Natural Pathways by Mark Doherty
Book Title: Walking Natural Pathways
Author: Mark Doherty
List Price: $16.00 plus shipping
About the Collection
Walking Natural Pathways is a poetry collection organized into five chapter segments which feature sub-themes celebrating all aspects of the natural world—eons of natural evolution and epochs of mankind’s interface with nature. The poetic styles include a diverse range of poetic forms including free verse, prose, lyrical, traditional, and sonnet. Like the natural world that inspired the poems, the mix of styles, ideas, perspectives, and images create a many-colored poetic landscape. Every chapter features stylistically different poetic forms.
The first two chapters present a blend of perspectives on nature while touching the red hot fire of social criticism. The poems here are primarily modern and progressive in style—each one being uniquely crafted.. Chapter Three mixes old and new poetic style to present visions harboring a passion for the natural world, and Chapter four builds on these themes but employs the classic sonnet and even the acrostic sonnet. The final chapter features lyrical poems from a lifetime of songs inspired by and penned for the wonders of the outdoors.
From the Book
If you roll me round in the palm of your hand,
I no longer grate and scrape like I used to.
The storms of worry and seasons of struggle,
the freeze and thaw of rage to realization,
have worn away my rough edges.
Yet I’ve retained the lines and colors that shape my roots.
If you could crack me open,
you would see the intricate crystals of
imagination, thought, and experience
binding me, holding me together.
Perhaps someday I’ll be polished smooth
like granite over the grave.
How sad it would be for you to feel nothing
of the grains that mix and twist and turn within me.