The Great Unwind

Autumn reflections, Christchurch Botanical Gardens, New Zealand

It’s National Poetry Day here in New Zealand and I forgot about it enough to not be involved, which I’m a bit sad about. I call myself “an accidental poet” because this type of writing was never my intended genre. I was sure I was intended for more serious matters, although of course, poetry can be serious, depending on the topic. Poetry flows out of me when I’m in nature and I find myself actually needing to be in nature more and more these days.

So, I thought a poem would be appropriate for this week. Not only that, I’ve had an incredibly busy week and my brain cannot function in intense, therapeutic mode right now.

Hope you like this, one of my many poems about the therapeutic nature (pun intended) of nature.

The great unwind

Is hard I find

So used to being busy

It feels quite strange

And takes some time

To let go of doing

And embrace being



Letting go….

Let go of thoughts



There is another way of life

A pace inviting

Both calm and exciting

A gentle pace

Natures’ invitation

Nature isn’t in a hurry

A tree takes time to grow

It shows us a way of life-

A way I long to know

To live in trust of the Universe

A steadfast abiding

One bud at a time

One day at a time

Knowing all is well

©Karen Lighthouse 2022


Thanks for reading and take care until next time.

Comments and questions are welcome.

Words by Karen Lighthouse.

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