When I “Breathe”

By Emma Brown – Student Conservation Association’s NH AmeriCorps Member
 
Every Monday before community meeting we have a time called “breathe.” It is a time when we refocus our minds after the weekend. I often take my camera with me to my breathe spot, photography is one of my main creative outlets. I find photography helps me amplify the small things around me, to point out the beauty and importance in small things. This poem is a reflection of my thoughts on my breathe spot, beneath a hemlock tree.

I find a space to breathe in peace
Beneath a hemlock tree
A limbs reach away grows a grove of saplings
Cones, bark, and leaves cover the forest floor
Cones bloom like flowers where they lay

Trees are just tall, mighty plants
Do not expect them to stand still
They bend and they sway
Wind disperses through their leaves
With each creak the fibers hold true
The stronger the wind, the deeper it’s roots grow
Yet here a downed tree lays by my side
Such is this world, to live is to die

Winter has made way for spring
But ground reveals itself in no hurry
The sight of which we have not seen before
Each Monday I sit and breathe in peace
Beneath a hemlock tree

 
A limbs reach away grows a grove of saplings
 
Cones, bark, and leaves cover the forest floor
 
Cones bloom like flowers where they lay
 
 
Yet here a downed tree lays by my side
 
Each Monday I sit and breathe in peace Beneath a hemlock tree
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Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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