Bio Note: I've leaned heavily on the sustaining power of nature and poetry throughout the pandemic, and I find my own writing reflects that practice.
On the Japanese Tradition of Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing
The trail leads to a cathedral where streams of sunlight dapple the green canopy above I step from one world into another from the harried to the hushed where I share breath and lush space with trees that speak in silence where quiet is broken only by occasional birdsong or the rushing breeze as it rustles the leaves here the earth's aroma showers me as it wafts up from the mossy forest floor the soft layer of dried pine soothes my feet as it mutes my tread I am drenched in arboreal calm I soak in the reverence of this ancient forest I will not be hurried here.
©2021 Kim Klugh
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