at ease

By Nicholas Hooper

it’s simple really
find a place
make a list
leave it there
and walk away
at ease

wake up
to so little
the space around
the shape of grain
the light and shade
the ring of water

there is urgency
know that
and say
at ease
there’s time
don’t rush

the ground will
never go away
feel it, love it
your support
for ever
solid earth
spinning through space

and in that moment
breathe thank you
to the stars
that I forgot you
for you are always



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper