Stone Bench

I sit on this stone bench

And I’m glad that for once I have nothing to do

No responsibilities, no duties

I sit here and marvel at the stillness I can create within myself

In the midst of the Abbey’s bustle

I smile because I am just being

The stone bench represents my life as it is in this moment

Unadorned, simple, uncomplicated

The Abbey is a precious sanctuary

An escape

Akin to sitting by a peaceful stream

And watching it flow by

Once my peacefulness has returned to me

I can once again

Face anything that life brings

But I need this oasis in order to carry on

by Soultide


About Stacey-Ann

I am an Artist, Illustrator & Mother of two gorgeous little ones. I love painting with watercolours & I specialise in colourful and uplifting Ethnic Art You can email me at info AT creativesque DOT co DOT uk

Posted on September 30, 2006, in Abbey Life, Poetry, Reflection Room. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Savour this feeling Stacey. It is a joy to feel at peace in a sanctuary. Somehow it reminds me of being at Montisfont Abbey sitting under their huge, ancient oak tree.

  2. After spending some time here and reading your comment, I think I would really like to visit a real Abbey. Never been to one as far as I can remember.

  3. This is lovely. So peaceful and contented.

  4. I agree Abbey’s must have something special. This was so peaceful to read.

  5. thanks for the comments all. 🙂

  6. Your depiction is calming and nurturing; love your analogy of the abbey and how we must all learn to slow down and savor our lives, bit by bit. “Live in the moment, for that is all we have.”


  7. Incredibly enough I was berating myself just this morning about living in the past and the future – when the reality is that now is the future. This is a wonderfully peaceful and calming poem.
    I count myself very lucky with regard to the Abbey situation – they seem to be littered about all over the place – I am only 30 miles from York. The local church dates back to the 10th or 11th Century and in the other direction there’s a stately home with a church that dates back to a time when monks lived there many centuries in the past. I wish I could transport you here to have a look round!

  8. I wish I could be transported there too but maybe one day I will naturally find myself in one, experiencing the same feelings as I depicted in this poem.

    Thanks all.

  9. there are some beautiful abbeys to visit in the UK – Glastonbury in Somerset is particularly special

  10. Thanks Traveller, I’ll make a note of that.

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