Poetic Nature in the Hoosierland
A collection of nature poetry by Indiana poets.
Poetic Nature in the Hoosierland is a collection of nature poetry by 40 Indiana poets. The foreword of the book is by Naturalist, Angie Manuel. The royalties from the book benefit Mounds State Park of Anderson, Indiana. 40 pages, 78 poems.
The Great Mound
I sleep nestled within the forest,
an earthwork created by a tribe
of ancients encircled by my brethren.
I hold the treasures of the mystic past
deep in my soil beneath Father Sky.
For centuries the cool rains
of Spring have nurtured
my mantle of emerald grass
while I watched the deer shelter
beneath my surrounding pines.
In the early shadows of dawn,
I still hear the lingering echoes
of my creator’s drums
murmur on the wind
entwined with the bird’s song.
I was born from Mother Earth
to reflect the evening sky
in union with my brothers.
I am a gateway to the forgotten
knowledge of my ancient’s heritage.
- Mary A. Couch