Walking in nature with my dog Jet, a beautiful black Labrador Retriever has a calming effect on both my mind and body. If I am feeling stressed and disconnected, I allow us both the time to blend with our local surroundings. We often visit Grandfather Tree who sits majestically in a quiet piece of the saved Australian bush at the bottom of my road.
One particular day I found myself well out of sorts trying to process grief that often engulfs me, even still. Grabbing the lead and nursing my heavy heart found myself under the arms of Grandfather tree.
My dog is softly panting, his ears are pricked, alert
Beneath the tall strong guardian, myself, I sit inert
Together we watch the ants, as they soldier to and fro
Along the broken branches, that seem to be their home
The birds are circling close now, they are coming in to land
Upon more broken branches that fell to join the land
This space is very calming, no resistance do I feel
Just gentle flowing symmetry, and my heart begins to heal
My breath is now returning, as I take the time to be
Connecting with this sacred place that clearly heard my plea
© Cheryl Mary Coleman, 2017 – Expression #168 5.10.17
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