A parallel universe

The mid summer’s evening throbs
With the promise of eternity
Its giddy energy is intoxicating
On the downs, people are strolling
Some sit on the grass, chatting
Looking out into the distance at the view
All of us momentarily subscribe
To a shared illusion
That time can stand still
And that cares can be suspended
Left, at the bottom of the downs
On the way up the hill
And collected again on the way down
A sea of luscious greenery stretches out
For miles ahead, and to our right and left
Grassland, scrub, trees and soft valleys
The sky rests its weary arms
Like a huge umbrella above us all
It gently eases the heat of the day
Back into mother earth for renewal
We wander up the familiar path
Stopping at intervals to soak up the scenery
And to bask in this altered sense of time
We stop at the huge, old, beech tree
The keeper of a million secrets
Wise, strong and full of courage
We are old friends, the tree and I
Our walk continues, uneventfully
But yet completely magical at the same time
We turn back, past the tree again
Crystal Palace and the Gherkin ahead
Eternity is running out, reality awaits
Washing up, getting ready for bed
The boring minutiae of life
But that’s ok: this parallel universe
Will be there again tomorrow
Or whenever I next need to escape.
Copyright © 2012 Vicky Newham. All Rights Reserved.


About Vicky Newham

Vicky Newham is a writer, living in Whitstable, Kent. She writes crime fiction, psychological thrillers and science fiction. Her main projects are novels, but she also writes short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction articles and some poetry.
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2 Responses to A parallel universe

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    This is beautifully written! Eloquent, elegant and multi faceted.

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