A wednesday in winter

(a ten minute poetry challenge)

The robin that feeds at my window

whispers a hymn

and tentatively

I follow, stepping by streams

that seek no rest.

Cold stares from stones

betray my mind,

the fall has never been so welcome.

My body opens in weakness

as sundrops shine holy light

on my broken pieces with tender peace.

A communion of presence,

and a remembering of place.

Still, seen, sung into silence.

Resurrection; the ebb and flow

of natures song.

I go back to my window.

I am home again.


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Claire Marsden

Hi, I'm a qualified occupational therapist with a passion for nature, mindfulness and well-being. I have a painful chronic illness that I'm learning to navigate life with, my second after recovering from a previous illness three years ago. I guess I'm a bit of an expert at living life with ill-health ! I still try and hike and I plan on attempting some long distance hikes in the future, it may just take me longer than most other people. I hope you will find my words of use on your own journey to well-being

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