Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Entry #55

Fresh Air
by Navatha Rakeesh


It had just stopped raining. The clouds started to clear out and the sun was about to set. Nina strolled her way through the pavement and approached the edge of the road. Scattered earthworms lay everywhere on the pavement, most of them half crushed by the pedestrians, rest just glad to be alive. She got on to a pathway leading into the woodlands. First, it was just a few trees but then it was getting quite dense. She kept strolling until she abruptly reached a small clearing and stopped in her tracks to observe the surroundings. Mystified by the bunch of pine trees that rose around her, she dreamily pulled a twig out of a fallen branch and made random impressions on the ground. Her lips broke into a smile. Sun rays were beaming through the canopy and penetrating their last chances into the rain drops that discreetly remained on the grass. Birds were hustling back to their nests. The smell of moist earth lingered still very fresh in the air. Nina wished this moment would not seize.

"Hope you all enjoyed the transformation to the most serene place in your mind. Now you can all open your eyes!” With the instructor’s voice, Nina came back to reality of 50 other people squatted on their yoga mats around her. A deep breathing exercise later, she made her way out to the tube station and into the humdrums of her daily life.

9 comments:

Josh said...

I wish I could project that kind of mental scene during the subway rides here in NYC. Though I might leave out the earthworms.

Sarah Hina said...

This is a lovely interlude. "Nina wished this moment would not seize," is especially nice. Well done.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I love the places we can get to in our minds. Nice take on the photo.

c.s. said...

really find this different from the rest. well-imagined!

Victor J. Banis said...

interesting take on this -

JLB said...

Well done - I like the mental construction within a mental construction!

Katherine Napier said...

Fresh view, well done.

SzélsőFa said...

Making me crave for some meditation, this piece greatly describes the refreshing element and the getaway factor in it. I like the contrast with the crowded subway at the end.

jason evans said...

You got me with the twist! You ended it very nicely.