Living Small – Mind Games

Mind Games

I travel in my mind these days, to places far away,

to hike lofty mountains and walk beside an azure bay.

I hear the rolling ocean and watch as tall palm trees sway,

and rest beside high waterfalls to feel their cooling spray.

I miss the winters Down Unda and walks along the quay,

where Pohutakawa trees bloom in time for Christmas Day.

But, as I begin walking to my favourite café,

a sudden, eerie feeling tells me I’ve not long to stay.

Hearing faint sounds of cawing crows, chicakdees and blue jays,

my weary eyes flutter open, waking me from my daze.

16 thoughts on “Living Small – Mind Games

      1. Australia is doing well. Qld is relaxing some lockdown rules this weekend. Beaches are starting to open but only for swimming or walking, no sitting etc. We have been blessed with perfect weather which has helped a little. Lyn

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  1. Beautiful poem and beautiful photographs, Allan. Has spring finally arrived in Edmonton? We have five more days left to find out about the lockdown restrictions, hope the government will let us breath more. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. Thanks Aiva. They photos are all from 2014 and 2017, when we lived in simpler times. Spring has indeed arrived. Warm temperatures, grass greening and trees budding out. But that darned wind. It never stops. Fingers crossed for a bit of relaxation. One of our provinces, New Brunswick has allowed the addition of one family to the “bubble” of another family, but no more. We are still a week or two away from our peak in Alberta. Numbers are going up rapidly, due to more testing. Southern Alberta has 5 times the number of cases of Norther Alberta, likely due to the airport being one of 4 access airports back into Canada for International flights. Tough times for sure. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Thank you. The first shots of the coast were all from around Nice, France. The waterfall was in Iceland and the Pohutakawa slide show was on New Zealand’s North Island near Whakatane….(prounounced Fah-ka-tah-nay). If you say it right, it sounds like you are swearing. I wanted to leave the shots unlabeled, so others could recall their favourite places. This was the year, we were supposed to head back to NZ. Thanks for reading Jane. Allan

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    1. Agreed. They were all over NZ when we were there in 2014, brilliant flashes of red. Imagine what they would be like mixed in with flowering blue jacaranda trees and yellow kowhai trees. A rainbow. You are welcome and thanks for reading Lael. Allan

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