when the World went quiet

And we remembered
what it felt like
just to… be.

To stop all
the frantic
striving, vying, doing.

And our hearts softened
to spider, slug and slow worm.
And we began to learn their ways.

And we stretched
our jaded limbs
in the Spring-warmth.

Next to the cats
we rolled,
in dew with dogs.

And we gained a new respect
for asparagus, pea green, nettle,
for their stoic journeys.

And we looked
with fresh love
at the unfolding flowers.

And were grateful
for the yellow blaze;
all that divine dancing.

And we filled our ears
with the harmonies
of many birds singing.

And we witnessed
the emerging joy
of our animal kin…

when the World
went quiet.




Heidi Stephenson


By Heidi Stephenson

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