Parks are more than places of beauty and colour. I see urban parks as humanity's efforts at creating nature. Parks symbolize the fact that we are part of nature. There is so much about a park that creates, reflects and respects what natural health and wellbeing is all about.
Here are some poems I have written over the years about parks. They are all included in my book "Enjoy Being You - How Leisure Can Help You Become the Person You Want to Be". Click here for more details.
People Purpose Parks
We all seek
physical and emotional release from stress
refreshment of the mind, body and spirit
positive thoughts and feelings
true communication with people
a time for patience and wisdom
the ability to see problems in perspective
and a renewed love and zest for life.
All of these we can find anywhere, at any time.
But there is more chance of finding them
when you are in a park.
The Tree of Wisdom
I stand in awe of this mighty giant,
Dwarfed by her size,
Subdued by her power,
Humbled by her timeless existence.
Within her might and majesty I sense
Love and compassion.
This living, breathing, natural cathedral
Stands in silent dignity;
Inspiring me to view my life
From her perspective.
To you, who create our parks,
Fashion nature’s display,
Choosing colours, shaping vistas,
Tending, blending, caring, nurturing.
Composing a symphony
Of sounds, sights and smells,
The violins of rustling trees,
The flutes and oboes of birdsong,
The piccolos of running water,
Each movement linked by the stillness
Of a summer’s day.
You bring peace and happiness to people
You will never meet,
But, in the silence of our contemplation,
We will thank you
Over and over again.