Careful on the stepping stones
Amidst the burbling stream,
Surrounded by tall shading trees
Just let your spirit dream.
While nature takes you back in time
With birdsong in the breeze,
And cares are carried far away,
Like whispers in the leaves.
Watch light-play on the ripples till
They mesmerise your mind
And as each sparkle dissipates
You feel yourself unwind.
Let water trickle through your hand
And take with it all thought,
Breathe deep from nature’s bounty and
Find solace that you sought.
Even on the hottest of days, the Dell at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, is always cool, quiet and still, providing a welcome respite from the heat, noise and bustle of civilisation.
post script: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost –
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both . . .
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.