A necessary reflective state of one's being,
Time set aside from most usual routines.
Space to turn out and turn over one’s lot,
Seeing demands clamour for daily attention.
Gorging oneself on all that moves and shakes,
Stumbling to carry commitments as promised.
Stretching far beyond capabilities of comfort,
Giving more than expectation seeks to receive.
Sustenance eventually depletes its enthusiasm,
Seeking solace and to escape from the demands.
Hibernating inside a place of quiet contemplation,
Secluded by the sanctuary of shelter and well-being.
Eventually a wise note of awakening reveals itself,
An absence has rejuvenated the attitude of mind.
Fresh optimism permeates throughout the return,
Uncluttered environments beckon in view of new hope.
©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 28/04/2014