“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau
Yearning for change These naked limbs, licked and warmed by sun’s soft caress, have their arms open for an early entry of spring, longing deep at the heart for sap to rise again and the blooming of buds to start to burst forth, giving them a new dress, new chorus. Each branch, every stem and arthritic twig reaches up to the heavens, like a prayer, a plea to be noticed, to be spared the worst of winter’s onslaught,
and to have a fresh covering of leaves as chill winds blow, leaving them drawn taut. But even so, they might forget just how majestic they are in their pared back barrenness, their state of cold undress, which has its own perfect beauty we observe, its own form of sculptural loveliness, as we stop and pause from our labours to watch nature at work. © joylenton
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” — Rachel Carson
This poem arose when I paid attention to the apple tree outside our living room window. The more I studied it throughout the day, the more my sympathies were engaged and my gratitude enhanced for simply being here, acting as a silent observer of its wintry state and potential future growth. Because immersing ourselves in nature, in small ways and large, is a great way to stir creativity and bring us a deeper measure of soul peace.
“Change” happens to be my #oneword365 for Poetry Joy this year. Where are you receiving reflective thoughts from the created world as it beds down for winter yet retains a new kind of beauty in its structure, its place of peace and quiet repose? Do share below. 🙂 ❤
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” — Eckhart Tolle