Here is a photo of a favourite place where I go to relax, think and find inspiration. It is in London – and is the place that inspired the following poem:
A rare escape from the crowding demands
of daily life: teenage noise, children arguing,
phone ringing constantly, meals to prepare,
cluttered house, tasks piled untidily,
one on top of another: endless chores,
chaotic ‘normal’ days.
One day of blissful solitude at Kew.
I lie hidden in deep pine-scented shade,
nurtured by silence.
I have time to finish sentences in my head
eat my picnic lunch in peace,
check my reflection in the mirror.
I doze for a while
under a canopy of sheltering fir trees,
wake up gradually
to the music of cheerful birds,
look up at radiant sky
through staccato evergreen leaves.
And only when I am ready, my spirits renewed,
go slowly on my way.
I have interpreted this week’s photo challenge ‘fall’ as ‘autumn’, and for another ‘fall’ photo – see the first photo on my ‘Why I love London’ page – which is possibly a better photo – but this photo is from a place where I have enjoyed sitting and thinking … a place with some peaceful memories.