Day — 5 Place, Ode, Metaphor
Escape, retreat, sanctuary,
no ‘shoulds’ or ‘musts’ inhabit here.
National ecological treasure, welcoming
hikers, cyclists, rock climbers, nature-lovers.
My personal oasis, offering distraction and,
restoration from the ills and pains called life.
My senses fail to habituate to such awe inspiring beauty,
a lush tree canopy, bold-faced limestone cliffs,
hidden caves, glacial deposits
My eyes feast upon the panorama of tree leaves,
painted in hues of yellow, red, orange and green,
wrapping me into their multi-coloured delight.
Ascending towards the next look out point,
a sense of mood lifting, endorphins released.
If these look out points could speak,
there would be countless stories of people falling,
in love, proposals of marriage and weddings celebrations.
Hiking further along the trail, foot to paw,
with my lifelong love, my 11 year old mountain dog,
(she was naturally destined for this terra),
a cascading waterfall asserts its presence.
Refreshed and tickled by the mist.
Nearby, rock climbers are scaling,
challenging cliffs with a whole new perspective.
A chipmunk and woodpecker are
mesmerized by the breathtaking vantage points.
Step by step along the trail,
mother nature gently encourages us to forge,
connections with the rich diversity of plant,
and animal habitat sustained in this complex forest.
A nourishing mind, body and soul experience.
Away from the rock cliff edges, more inland,
our last destination is the grassy meadows.
Their relaxed atmosphere is an invitation to soak up,
the day’s experiences in a restful place.
Peace of mind, rejuvenation and gratitude.
As the sun sets,
I glance backwards to take,
a last mental snapshot of the autumn foliage.