It drew me in and held me

When I fought to run and hide

A wild vessel that protected and embraced my primal side.

It offered peace and refuge

From an unaccepting world

Its canyons, creeks and forests

Caught my grief and tears unfurled.

Nature showed me courage

To be who I am inside

To live the dream I’d always dreamed

But believed I had to hide.

I dream nature will always be there

Like a certain burning star

That simply just reminds us

“Be exactly who you are.”