Trail meditation by Jon Rainford

Long listed for the WRITE ABOUT WALKING AND LISTENING competition run in July & August 2021

Overdue contemplation.

ascending dew drenched air.

memories of times less complicated.

flooding Consciousness.

lost sense of purpose.

inner energy returning.

pace builds, increases, quickens 
flow overwhelming,
                                  becoming carnal.


Crunching crescendos. 

weathered uneven paths. 

Tor dominating vision. 

labours, pace declines. 

staccato rhythm.


glacial feet grinding.

surfaces wilded by nature

toe first, push, lift 
Individual motion,
                               driven by pride.


Comparative wilderness.

diurnal human centipede.

spooked by rhythmic tapping.

taps now lolloping strides.

dodging tumbling shards.

no longer at slumber.

gates click, clack, thump 
Made made obstacles,
                            maintaining control.


Accumulations overhead.

blanket obscuring vision.

rain tickles the canopy.

pace returning.

inevitable downpour.

clouds dissipated.

feet bounding, cantering, skimming 
emerging civilisation,
                            please not yet.
Meandering 

Refreshing 

Replaying 

Rejuvenating 

Resurfacing 

Enlivened






Descending 

Imposing 

Breathing 

Slowing 


Scraping 

Eroded 

Driving







Invading

Sidestepping

Overtaking

Weaving

Catapulted

Pausing






Menacing

Echoing

Building,

Escaping

Avoided

Accelerating

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jonrainford

jonrainford

Jon is a sociologist with a creative side, he spends a lot of his time moving to think. Equally happy in a city or out on the trails observing people and the natural world inspire him.

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