Sunday 7 August 2022



Wouldn’t you rather be in the grasslands

dancing to the winds and rains, being a blade,

being green and grounded, centred in the land,

watching the timelessness of light and shade?


Wouldn’t you rather be in temperate zones

be a willow weeping into a lake,

the paving under old arches, or keystones

or those meandering routes rivers take?


I do love the grasslands, I love the woods

and I adore the shapes of conifers

but the rainforest is equally good -

the different beauties of the universe.


No, there's no other place I’d rather be

content where I am – the current canopy.


  1. Indeed - nothing better than a bower of branches

  2. Hari OM
    Trees are a constant and sturdy companion! YAM xx

  3. If you're not happy where you are, you won't be happy anywhere.

    1. Eternally true! Constantine P. Cavafy said exackly the same thing in The City, just that he said the converse - if you've ruined your life here then you've ruined it everywhere else in the world too.

  4. You draw those canopies sooooo well. Thank you.

  5. I love trees. I'd rather be up a tree than pretty much anywhere. Excellent poem you have here. It made me smile.

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    1. Sounds like a good, busy August, brilliant! Love the quote. And Winnie the Pooh too! Glad you got through the crisis. Look forward to your WEP post - I am seriously excited to see what direction you will take with this classical piece. All the best!

  6. Yes...its all about contentment

  7. Finding your bliss no matter where you are. Important to feel grounded wherever you land in the world. Great poem. Great attitude.

    1. Thank you. The key to feeling at home anywhere in the world. Important in a nomadic existence.

  8. Hi Nila - I'm late ... but what a thoughtful poem ... trees are the branches of life - we draw so much from them ... thoughts, life itself ... yes being under a canopy is a blessed way ...

    It looks like we're about to get some rain - which will be a blessing for our natural world ... cheers Hilary