the garden guides

By Nicholas Hooper

the garden guides my thoughts today
small purple flowers almost disappear into the long grass
white blossom everywhere and the sound of wood pigeons
has taken over in the dawn chorus

but it’s very quiet out there
no sound makes judgement
and I’m left with the small perception
of a wave of grass once blown by a cold wind

the silent sky is light blue for once
with wisps of cloud showing yesterday’s wind
a blackbird appears and disappears so suddenly
that I wonder what it saw around the corner, out of my sight

so quiet, so quiet
everything is caught in a mystery of stillness
and my mind can rest in this and say
‘thank you’.



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