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Single tree, By : Daniel Dawes

Autonomy 2014 1
The Single tree on the river Barrow ,
County Kilkenny,
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Single tree

By : Daniel Dawes

I watch the light move across the land,
Gliding across the fields with ease,
Shades of green shifting constantly,
Darkness and light working together.

A single tree simply surviving,
Gracefully accepting all seasons,
Its deep roots keeping it grounded,
Its leaves allowing it to sing its song.

Autonomy 2014 2

I watch its movement in the breeze,
I since its aliveness,
I feel its stillness,
I understand its far more than its label.

The invisible wind changes direction,
The sun falls behind the clouds,
It becomes colder,
The senses pick this up but the stillness remains.

A thought passes through my mind,
A simple question,
I choose to follow it,
It simply sits in my awareness.

Autonomy 2014 3

What is this stillness?
That does not change with the environment,
That is unaffected by thought,
That senses the sensations.

I look back to the tree,
The awareness looks back at myself,
The mirror begins to reflect the same thing,
I thank the tree for its lesson.

13 responses

  1. Lovely shot and poem Nigel. It looks so quiet and peaceful there πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚

      Yes, this is a great little spot – I love it a lot ! it’s a great place to walk or just sit and read πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  2. Fanstastic tree, Nigel! It looks like an Acacia tree on the African plains.

    Beautiful poem, too. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

  3. I particularly like the shot of the reflections on the water …

    March 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you liked it !!!

      March 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  4. Very peaceful and sunny

    March 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, yes it felt like the first true spring day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  5. Beautiful!

    March 9, 2014 at 12:43 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

  6. Daniel Dawes

    Hello Nigel, just noticed this is my poem your using and wondered how you got hold of it?

    May 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    • Hello Daniel πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      It is a wonderful poem and I got it from your postings on the free site .. in my links!!!

      I like your work here very much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you for sharing it, you have a Share tab at the bottom of the poem for WordPress and many more in the social media world πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ , I gave full credits and a link back !!!

      I will email you directly from my profile on, to check this is you and not spam πŸ™‚

      May 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      • Daniel Dawes

        Thanks Nigel and no worries. Was just wondering where it came from but happy you could use it. Great photo πŸ™‚

        May 31, 2014 at 9:22 am

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