My Place of Solitude
My Place of Solitude
By Tony DeLorger © 2013
Crystal water babbling softly
over grey stones weathered smooth,
the water finding its way to lower ground,
searching for the stillness of tranquillity,
and I, lost in thought,
imbibe the gentleness of nature,
like a lullaby,
trickling water, the ring of a distant bell bird,
rustling grasses nudged by a light zephyr,
all find my ears as an alluring whisper.
Here, even the bark from a nearby tree seems to speak,
crackling as it peals away, expanding in the warmth of day,
and I imagine the hum of insects within it,
going about their day, foraging, surviving,
and I am struck by perfection,
without consideration, doubt or fear, life ensues,
and my heart slows and I exhale,
the weight of human living somehow eased,
and I'm reassured, knowing the cycle continues,
this ebb and flow of life.
Nothing is wasted, everything has purpose in this world,
a fallen tree consumed to be the platform for other life,
leaves decaying to become nutrients,
death simply a beginning, never an end,
with no sadness or regret, just the process of life instilled,
and within this solace I see how petty are our human aspirations,
when nature exists in perfect form, perfect process,
without even the will to contend, be better,
just the acceptance of life shared, in complete balance,
and I feel humbled, foolish in comparison.
My special place is everything I am not,
and it shows me how life could be,
if not for human arrogance and greed,
when all we need do is live in harmony,
within the laws of nature,
sharing resources, respecting all life
and the cycles that govern the natural world,
rather than destroy, pillage and deplete
what we have been given in trust,
to better understand and survive this miracle of life.
We need to find peace within ourselves, and sometime finding it is as easy as remembering that special place.
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