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Found by Instinct
Margaret Coombs


We leave the sidewalk
for a gravel trail,
our footsteps slowing
into a benevolent song,
find our way to a creek,
where barely a dribble flows.
We disconnect from
the daffodil’s cheer
for the early spring woods
of a chilly day.
We find May apples,
trout lilies, and trilliums
among fallow trees.
By ignoring the obvious
we find the glorious
in an ordinary neighborhood.

© by Margaret Coombs.
Used with the author's permission.

Margaret Coombs is a retired academic librarian who lives in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She recently changed her writing name to her birth name as a way to connect with the literary dreams she had as a child. Margaret's work has appeared in several publications and her first chapbook, The Joy of Their Holiness, was published in 2020 under the name Peggy Turnbull. Learn about Margaret at



Post New Comment:
Hi Peggy- I love how this has such beautiful details and then moves gracefully to a wider truth
Posted 03/25/2023 05:59 PM
I love this glorious poem.
Posted 03/24/2023 11:36 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the glorious found in the ordinary.
Posted 03/24/2023 01:26 PM
Find the glorious!!!!
Posted 03/24/2023 11:02 AM
michael escoubas:
Somethings are like this poem . . . that instantly and in themselves, they bring happiness. Great way to start out the day; any day for that matter.
Posted 03/24/2023 09:58 AM
Angela Hoffman:
By ignoring the obvious we find the glorious!!!!
Posted 03/24/2023 08:48 AM
A lovely day out!
Posted 03/24/2023 08:24 AM
Larry Schug:
"We disconnect from the daffodils cheer"-very original, a lovely mystery.
Posted 03/24/2023 07:57 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this beautiful visual poem. I feel like I am hiking right along with Margaret/Peggy. Favorite line: By ignoring the obvious we find the glorious in an ordinary neighborhood.
Posted 03/24/2023 06:05 AM

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