Elysium Illuminated

Bursting with
Abandon yourself
To nature
In this
Elysium orchard,
In these meadows
Sweet with nectar.
What enticement
To stop a while
And feast on such riches
For the body,
For the soul.
The heart stays here
While, reluctantly,
Time must beat
Ever onwards.
Spotted white butterfly



I met my new neighbour over the fence today – she seems very nice. She asked if I knew what kind of tree the sole one left along her boundary was, she wants to chop it down but needs to check there are no restrictions. I said that there are a lot of birds that nest there and she replied that she would probably leave it until the autumn. Her garden is ringed by stumps of the mature trees that were recently felled. When I commented that she had done a lot of work. She answered that she worried about trees falling in high winds. I think to myself that the tree is quite some distance from the house and withstood the hurricane of ’87 that blew away the pier and toppled countless trees. I wish I’d said it.
As I am mowing the grass later, I note the lack of birds that are usually hovering ready for a feast, a couple of tiny moth-like creatures skitter over the cuttings and a few grey tipped feathers lie in the springy grass.

At Bradley’s Meadow


of tranquility,
such as these,
free the path from

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