Let Us Adorn Ourselves


Let us adorn ourselves
With the beauty of the world around us
Realizing our place in the natural order
Architecture as extension of nature‘s line and form
Calm stillness of stream and glade
Rich woods running with grain
Burnished to glowing sheen
Stone glinting with flecks of quartz in morning sun
Greens, browns, tans, rust


Let us adorn ourselves
With the beauty of the world around us
Realizing our place in the natural order
Clothing as adopted plumage
Unique statements of self
Tactile spinnings of soft fibers
Warped and woven to garments and covers
Dyed as rainbows after a gentle rain
Reds, golds, blues, greens


Let us adorn ourselves
With the beauty of the world around us
Realizing our place in the natural order
Ornamentation as reflection of perception
Contemplations real and imagined
Carved stone, metalwork, jewels
Chiseled, hammered, polished
Formed as tangible feeling and wonder
Onyx, pewter, turquoise, jade


Let us adorn ourselves
With the beauty of the world around us
Realizing our place in the natural order
Words as verbal expression
Of that known to our hearts
Poetry, literature, song
Recited, written, composed
Etched in stone, inked on parchment
Verse, sonnet, lyric, melody


Let us adorn ourselves
With the beauty of the world around us
Realizing our place in the natural order
Community as togetherness
One in our common humanity
Support, encouragement, empowerment
Equality, harmony, compassion
Embellishing ourselves and the Earth
With hope, peace, joy, and love

About The Author

Mike Turner is a songwriter and poet living on the US Gulf Coast. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies; his book, "Visions and Memories," was published in 2021 by Sweetycat Press.