Early morning tranquillity,
tree-splintered sunshine heralding a new day.
Human activity muted, but creaturely busyness,
orderly not frenetic,
punctuates the stillness.
Innumerable creatures and plants
inhabit this haven.
Mostly unseen and unheard,
co-existing in a peace humans seem unable to achieve.
Senses are heightened;
bird and insect song in harmony
and beside me a companionable cat,
punctiliously engaged with her morning wash.
Oh, that such harmony might be replicated
across our struggling world.
Included by permission of the author, the Rev. Ros Murphy