Awakening

Build it, and it will come
Empty out a drawer for someone
They will fill it
Share your work every day
People will find it
Walk and your legs will strengthen
Open your hours and your days will fill
Speak as though you’ve arrived
And reality will realign

Brianna Wiest
Salt Water

Spring’s awakening in Edinburgh is wonderfully underway and I’ve been out and about early. Delicious coffee and cake @kates_edinburgh preceded one of my favourite sorts of morning: an amble – in no particular rush and in no particular direction. This is a city that ‘offers itself to your imagination’ (as Mary Oliver might have said of it) – no matter where one roams. Birdsong everywhere speaks today of their having ‘arrived’ (again) and of the energetic building of nests in empty spaces. A beautiful new coffee shop shares its work every day and ‘people will find it.’ My legs do grow stronger, and hours are containers for rich colours and conversations. I speak of my thankfulness and – awakening thereby – the realities of a new season do indeed realign.’

4 thoughts on “Awakening

  1. Cannot begin to express how much these images delight, Simon. The city is truly pulsating with energy…the light, the colors, the scents (I am imagining the delicious fragrance of those hot cross buns). And there is no better way to really take in a place than by embarking on a daily constitutional. I am right there with you, my friend, matching you stride for stride! 🌞🥰💐xx

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    1. Thank you, dear Lori. Yes, indeed: absolutely pulsating, this weekend especially – with people revelling in it from all over the world. I love to hear the innumerable languages being spoken as I move around the city – and enjoyed supper tonight with a lovely family, father, son, his wife, and their (utterly charismatic) 1 year old son – newly flown in from California. Thank you for striding along with me! 🤗🙏xx

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