Quiet #writephoto

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For a moment, the world was quiet,

like a breath inhaled.

There was no hum of traffic, no roar of planes, no rumble of trains

in the valley below. Instead there was birdsong, the buzzing of bees, and

the breeze making music through the branches and long grasses.

Water rippled, silver, clear for the first time in years, like

the sky, no longer gasping with dust and smog and exhaust,

and the world was quiet.

We trod lightly, for the most part, as our ancestors once did, when

The land was our home and we respected it as such. Before

the darkness came, the spreading stain of factory and mill and

blackened tower and we forgot what it was to smell fresh leaves and

sweet flowers and to feel the breeze hum against our skin, the way

water rippled like silver snakes, the sky clear above us.

But now, perhaps, we remember again. We turn away from black tower and

rumbling traffic and clogged skies and we’re reminded

of how it used to be, when the water rippled silver, and the birds sang,

and the world was quiet, once more.

This is my response to Sue Vincent’s weekly #writephoto challenge. Sue’s photo this week helped me to articulate something I’d been thinking about for a little while. We’ve been given a chance to see what the world looks like when we slow down – what will we do with that information going forward?


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16 responses to “Quiet #writephoto”

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautiful, Helen… and I too hope we can make real and positive changes in the way we live, now that we have been forced to break the routine.

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Looking at the news today, you could be forgiven for wondering where all that peace and tranquility went!

  3. I loved this Helen! I have shared on Twitter, it is very nourishing and calming to read these words in such a turmultuous world. I hope you have a good weekend.

  4. jilldennison says:

    Beautiful … haunting. We have destroyed our home … how I wish I could have lived in those simpler times, when humans and nature coexisted in peace and harmony. Great work … thank you!

  5. Wow, Helen…I felt it, heard it, smelled it. Thank you.

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