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