The pale early morning sunlight shone through the Autumnal foliage creating an almost psychedelic kaleidoscope of colours. It was as if the the park had been decorated with garlands and intricate tapestries of gold, sepia and vermillion.
I followed the path which led between two parallel rows of trees forming a kind of natural aisle before me.
Passing through, time seemed to slow and take on a different texture
I walked as if in slow motion.
Each step taken along the footpath was met with a gentle fall of scarlet and amber leaves from the branches above.
The daylight around me seemed to intensify making everything within my field of vision exquisitely defined.
My senses too became acutely aware of every nuance of the world around me.
Numerous, minute seed particles floating gently in front of me, glinting in the sunlight like constellations of stars.
The chill, fresh morning air pressing against my face, cooling my skin.
The damp, earthy smell of the soil as its carpet of foliage slowly turns to mulch.
The barely audible breath of the wind whispering a message from Gaia to my soul –
” Do you remember when we were young, you and I?
The days and hours we spent together in loving intimacy.
Both honouring our individuality yet knowing we are essentially one and the same.
I brought you into this world, made from my essence.
And you will return to me again, reunited in death.
My love for you is unconditional.
You are , after all my child.
I would ask of you one thing before it is too late.
That you remember what we had before we became distant from each other. Before you decided to go your own way”.
“We still have the opportunity to begin again, to relive past joys and create a renewed bond between us. One that will satisfy both of our desperate desires for eternal unity. Of a sense of oneness, of finally coming home.
After all, it was not me who changed, it was you.
There is no blame though. You needed to see how life could be.
But now I feel it is time for you to return to me for both our sakes.
For if you do not, I fear we will be lost to each other forever”.
I sat, somewhat disorientated on a park bench.
The message was clear, Although no actual words had been said, the message was clear and unambiguous.
Unless we collectively take heed of our actions as a species, both we and our beloved planet are destined to never be reconciled. Our loss will be greater as she can continue without us,but we cannot without her.