Wednesday, March 25, 2020

SOL20 Slice #25: Mud for the Muddle

I am participating in the
 Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOL20).  
All participants are sharing stories about moments in their lives, writing 
 every day for the month of March 2020.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers!

Walking has been such a restorative outlet for me over these past (how long has it been? six months? oh, only 12 days?) many days of isolation and physical distancing. I am blessed to live near a walking path that is adjacent to a creek. Dirt, rocks, water, trees, varied terrain...ahhh! A daily walk in nature is transformative, taking me out of my mental muddle, giving me peace and hope. Mud for the muddle! Ha! Today's slice is simply photos of some of this beauty, taken during this time of coronavirus. Plus, an acrostic...just for the play of it.

Called to be in nature
Ordinary four walls won't do
Run, walk, keeping six feet apart
Options are few but
Nature heals
Allowing me to remember the beauty and diversity of our world, and
Visual evidence that I am not separate, but connected
I am not the be all and the end all, my problems are
Really small. In fact they
Usually get even smaller or outright disappear after a 
Short or long walk in the woods.


  1. I love seeing those photos. Gorgeous path. Are those cherry blossoms? I felt light-hearted in the playfulness of your poem. Maybe we’ll all be more empathetic of shut-ins when this all ends.

    1. Yes, those are cherry blossoms! They are in full bloom now, earlier than usual. I am so lucky to have this local park/path just a half-mile away.

  2. Wow! You've got some lovely spots to visit on your walk. Your line, "Allowing me to remember the beauty and diversity of our world," reminds me of what I see when I'm out on daily walks in my neighborhood. I've NEVER seen so many people outdoors in this area. I wonder if this new ritual will continue afterwards. I hope so! Thanks for sharing your poem with us.

    1. I am seeing so many people out, too! It is kind of funny, all of us walking and keeping safe distance. I wonder if folks will keep walking?