After a sculpture by Simon Gudgeon, displayed at ‘Sculpture by the Lakes’
I am born of maple leaf, cast in smooth bronze,
a weather-warmed, finger-tipped caressed face, eyes closed.
Hidden within swaying hues of willow and bamboo:
a sigh of peace, leaf rustle, wind and water splash.
Coolness beneath my feet.
I reflect the seasons changing:
yellow-rust autumnal fall, melding to rich earthiness;
a snow-cap melt; a blue-sky peeping
through sunlight-peppered willow weeping.
I rise golden in summer.
I will ease the wing-flutter chatter of your mind,
soothe a racing heartbeat, slowly
spread a root connecting deep down
inside your sighing willow soul.
I will make you whole.
I am the peace you seek:
a space to rest,