Fading behind four silent walls,
A prisoner in my home,
Securely bound by anxiety,
Sinking into turmoil alone.
Harried by an invisible fiend,
Hiding, lurking, who knows where?
Normality has been banished:
Stripped bare of friends to share.
Then a glimpse of simple beauty,
Through my window on the world,
Caught a splendid season blossoming,
As spring swiftly unfurled.
Capturing imaginations and
Releasing heavy minds,
Nature heals with hope and wonder
In the green cathedral we find.
So wonder at the sparrow quarrel
And where their dispute lies.
Gaze heavenward at the graceful buzzard,
Sailing brilliant blue ocean skies.
Let your heart follow flutter below
Of orange tip and brimstone bright.
Marvel at bee highway hum
And the traffic of busy flight.
Be lost in timeless beauty
Of a rose in dawn’s first light
And the mesmerising bluebell sea,
Swaying amongst the starry white.
Catch that spark of energy,
Generating an electric flow.
Relax into the warm caress
Of spring sunshine’s soft glow.
Submerse in the sweet symphony
Of nature’s magical song.
Float in the feeling of whole again,
Back where you belong.
Be lulled by the wild whisper
Of nature’s lushest leaves.
Trace spring’s first glossy swallow
Through the ocean deeps it weaves.
Led from the darkest days,
With the light I eternally follow,
Life begins to brighten,
Transforming dull and hollow.
Resilience leads recovery,
As communities begin to heal:
A new beginning dawning
With a shine of precious and real.
By Linda Middleton