Lost – David Wagoner

I’ve been doing a short course on illustration, one night a week. It’s been a welcome escape and break up of a weekly routine. There was an activity where we had to illustrate the following beautiful poem. Below is my take on the piece. I used ink on watercolour paper.


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree of a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest know
Where you are. You must let it find you.

– David Wagoner

More of my writing illustrated

Writing is something I truly enjoy. I’ve never formally studied poetry or anything beyond high school English, but I kind of like the fact that I could be making all kinds of writing faux pas while happily spilling out whatever comes to mind. I would love to study it one day though and I wonder how much my style may change after learning the “rules”.

For now, I’ve put together a small collection of my favourite pieces. You can see them in the writing section of this here site. Being predominantly an illustrator and designer, I couldn’t help but accompany them with watercolour artworks inspired by the words. Here’s one now if you’re curious.