Encounters with myself … others … Life !
Woke up on a mundane Monday morning to the most awesome sight. The tree outside my balcony had burst into bloom.
I could just gaze and gaze and gaze at it for hours.
I looked up again and noticed the moon was still out .. perhaps hating to leave the scene of such beauty 🙂
Delicate, paper thin, shadowy pink flowers so ephemeral they would bruise to the touch. Some were floating down and I stretched out my hand for them to land on. The ground beneath was a carpet of pink.
The sight leaves you dazzled … wanting to burst into laughter, scoop up the flowers, embrace the tree for giving you such a vision.
The tree which is just outside my front door poses a serious threat to my boundary wall and roof. You can see how close it is in this picture.
Many have advised me to cut it and yet I can’t bring myself to do this and and lose the glory of this sight when it blooms – once, sometimes twice, a year.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning must have been referring to such a vision when she wrote :
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
….. But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
Eventually, I tore my gaze away and looked across on the other side of the balcony. There stood another tree that I really admire, a lone sentinel rising above its neighbours, in majestic competition with my flowering cherry blossom tree.
A solid and stable sentinel every day, unlike the ephemeral blossoming tree, I have to recognise this tree too or it will feel left out 🙂
Sharing with Mundane Monday challenge of Jithin though this is ‘cheating’ for it is anything by mundane. At least it was taken on a mundane Monday 🙂 and also sharing with Jacqueline’s Echoes of my Neighbourhood challenge which brings so many many places to your doorstep.