An Aspiration

I escape to the forest-park in the city

walking along the trail

surprised by the sound of invisible critters in the dead leaves

grateful for the smell of wood.

So many caterpillars

I was afraid of stepping on one: they’re back!

A man bends over to look at the stream – no –

it’s a tree trunk gifting its shade

over a rivulet, grasses and shrubs.

The speed of the cyclists does not heed pedestrians

nudged aside by tinkling bells.

Lovers are confident their words remain secret

as they mingle with the voices of singing birds.

Older couples greet “hello”

as they pass smiling.

“Nature is the door to the temple” says Mary Oliver

to me

a ‘burbs commuter.

Grace Colella has completed the requirements for the Masters in Arts and Ministry in Spirituality at Regis College. She is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Toronto.

  • Janet Somerville
    Posted at 18:06h, 10 December Reply

    Hi dear Grace! Your poetic talent has been nourished, as is obvious, by your commitment to contemplative prayer. Beautiful!
    Janet Somerville

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 21:29h, 10 December Reply

    Thank you Grace!

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