by Garth Gilchrist

If I say “wind in pine”
Will you hear it?
Only waves of air
Washing around inside you
Through limbs of trees
You planted there long ago
Or yesterday
Will deliver my words to you alive
Will carry you into
The pure wonder of wildness
Like a dry needle swept into the sky.


Garth Gilchrist of San Rafael, Ca, is an environmental storyteller whose prize-winning performances as John Muir bring the American naturalist to life for thousands of listeners each year. Garth’s stories all spring from a life-long love of nature and people, and illumine our interdependence. He can be reached at