Lavender Garden

It’s been a hectic few days, but I found a few moments yesterday to potter in my Mum’s garden and spent some time in the sun by her lavender patch. Such a enticing sight (and scent) for all the butterflies and bees, as well as for me. Hope you enjoy these photos, and feel a little of the pleasantness of sunshine, warmth and happy insects buzzing (or flapping) by.

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peace

time takes
a brisk walk
I skip and hop
to keep up
puffing cloud breaths
in cold winter air
~
just yesterday
spring arrived
minutes passed
in summer
now festivities
rush
~
my desire
to pause
like a raindrop
poised on a leaf edge
as time
slows to treacle
to sit
and in sitting
be at peace

certainty

the only thing
I envy
is your certainty
your absolute
conviction
that your beliefs
are true
I could never
be so sure
without some
evidence
I could never
go out into the world
convert
destroy
make holy war
against all those
who disagree
based on
a book
a feeling
a preacher’s words
I’d rather
have my doubts
and live
and love
in peace

peace

every quiet day
spent with you
is a comforting balm
to my soul
calm mornings
easy afternoons
warm evenings
and I am nearly wordless
not because
my mind is tangled
more that
my mind is soothed
and stilled
and gentled
and smiles are hard to write

hush

may I rest here a while
in this moment
may I stay for a time
in this place
where my mind is at peace
where my being is calm
where my breath moves
within and without
in no rush
where there’s no heaviness
‘cept the weight
of your hand
and the warmth
of your kiss
in the hush

a lunchtime moment

at lunch
I try to make
my own
little bit
of space
head lost
in a book
mind
elsewhere
amid the noise
and babble
the talking
and chatter
in this crowd
of people
(too many people)
but their voices
creep into
my quiet
and their
presence
can’t be
ignored
time flows
sand falls
my hour is up
I gather
myself
and step out
as the door
swings closed
behind me
I’m enveloped
in silence
soft and gentle
on my ears
a blanket of peace
laid over me
just birds and footsteps
and the sound of my breath

emerging

it’s not until
I’m emerging
blinking into the light
that I realise
how tense
the darkness is
how I’ve been
holding my breath
wound tight
rigid
while the world
swirled around me
and now
for no good reason
it’s gone
and muscles rest
languorously
luxuriating in this
peace

A Moment

Life is
Suddenly
Overwhelming
Sometimes

Noise, chatter, small talk, do this, do that, keep smiling, don’t stop, keep moving…

I am one
Who needs
Quiet and peace
And time and space

Breathing deeper, slower, calmer, letting go of knotted muscles tense and tight…

My mind is
Far away
From here