Author's Note: I dedicate this poem to my dear friend Adrienne, who shares my sentiments about nature and life, among other things.

Essence of Nature

Wonder of a flower

Opening to the sun

Majesty of a mountain

Crowned with cloud

Beauty of a single tree

Tall, strong, and proud

Peace of an alpine lake

Flawless mirror of blue

This is what I long to see

To know just one last time

Flower, mountain, tree, and lake

My lifeblood forever be