For me, there’s nothing quite as peaceful as a quiet spot under a tree, so when I see a place like that, I have to take a shot of it. I took this shot a couple years ago at a state park and a print of it hangs over my piano. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of peace, serenity, silence. This poem was inspired by the picture and was the focus of a book of photography and poetry that I created as a present for my family. Anyway, I thought I would share it, in case you need a moment of serenity as well.


A moment of peace
afforded to me.
A moment of stillness,
a chance to be.

To sit in the coolness
and breathe the air.
To inhale the silence,
the sun to hear.

A respite of rest
for wanderers weary
to lay aside
the loads they carry.

This sanctuary,
perfect for me.
Stillness. Peace.


  1. Jen Lindsay
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 20:15:11

    I love this. You’re right, it is incredibly peaceful! Thanks for sharing your quiet place with us!


  2. veronicah rose
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 12:10:01

    Sigh, I love taking pictures like that. This fall I took a perfect one of a leaf filled lonely bench looking out on a lake. The poem was perfect too…beautiful.


  3. halee
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 12:31:56

    Thanks ladies! I think everyone needs something that reminds them of a peaceful place. And I really have a thing for benches. It’s like they’re just… waiting. Patiently. I could learn a lesson or two from a bench!


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