Walk, Park, Peace, in That Order: FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY {Day 21 :: PARK}

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Only 10 days remain of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes! What a tremendous movement of creativity and stamina it has been! Once again, we’re sharing the word prompt with our Five Minute Friday friends. I hope you’ll consider taking the Friday challenge after the October fun wraps up. You can link up today’s individual post over there too and give the community a go. Ok, enough business. Today’s word is PARK.

Fingers ready?

3, 2, 1…GO!

The park holds a circular path which I follow to find peace. The kind of peace which wedges itself between my shoes and sticks as thick mud to my soles. I can let it dry, pound it into dust on the front step, but still, it comes and settles in my house.

Peace is a bad word in our society. Rush, busy, stress—we wear these like badges. “Peace? Don’t get all Zen on me now.”

But peace is the groundwork made of particles from which lasting life grows, even in autumn when grass withers away with winter’s coming chill, the leaves and tree berries at the park sooth me with colored glory.

The dog and I visit the park especially when the wind whips us and ice slips up our feet.

We find patches of hidden grass growing up from frozen ground, under which spring sleeps dormant, at peace.

These are the places we trudge, sure-footed and solid.

This post is Day 21 of Skateboards + Kisses: A Rebellious Poet’s 31 Dates with God, part of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2016 writing challenge. 

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October 20, 2016
  • Tara

    Love!

  • What a lovely trip to the park, through your words. As someone who is not a fan of winter, I love the thought of spring sleeping dormant, at peace. It reminds me that it will eventually come back, rested and ready to dazzle us.
    Peace.
    Patricia

  • Beautiful!

  • What a beautiful post, so peaceful. I want to go to the park now!

    May you find peace in your life.

  • Thanks for sharing Christina! The path to peace is the path I desire to walk through: free of the noise and clutter of this world!

  • Peace is the perfect one word to describe a walk through the park 🙂 Like a soul-cation. Very soothing post

  • Beautiful, Christina! I’m so glad I’m your neighbor, and I get to read this. 🙂 You’re so right. We live in a society where peace is looked down upon. Yet God gives it to us, for the asking. When we walk out our days in peace, I believe we are truly living.

  • Love this, Christina!

    And as a Zen Buddhist, I have found that it’s easiest to find peace in the midst of literal war. When your life is forfeit, there are no longer any ties, and lack of those attachments are the key to lasting peace.

    It isn’t an abnegation of love; it’s simply the realization that if love is real, it overarches the temporal, and will be found again on the Other Side.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/10/your-dying-spouse-222-question-of.html

  • “But peace is the groundwork made of particles from which lasting life grows, even in autumn when grass withers away with winter’s coming chill, the leaves and tree berries at the park sooth me with colored glory.” This is beautiful, Christina! Your writing is so inspiring. Blessings to you!

  • So many are so proud of how busy they are and how much they have to do. I’m all about finding the quiet time! 🙂

  • “Peace is the groundwork made of particles from which lasting life grows” – so poignant and profound…. What a beautiful way of describing that which we desperately (and often unknowingly) need… Definitely a ritual worth treasuring xx

  • “The kind of peace which wedges itself between my shoes and sticks as thick mud to my soles.” Beautiful, my friend. I’m looking for that peace.

  • I like this park. I want to walk with you. We can walk in peace together.

    Hugs,
    Melinda (#5 at FMF)