Thursday, May 13, 2010

Come for a Walk with me


Come for a walk with me
I need to be out amongst the trees
and the green...

Let's follow the Avon River

as it meanders
through the Botanical gardens
in Christchurch

I need to breathe the fresh Autumn air
and see signs of life

this waiting

this waiting for death 
is new to me

I am a stranger to its ways

unfamiliar with its dance

the erratic path it takes

My Father
is very strong willed

but so is Death

they are engaged in a duel
where there is no doubt
as to who the victor will be

Autumn is slipping away

the slow Avon keeps on flowing 
to the source

and nature fills me anew 
with her
 golden energy



  1. Thank you for sharing your walk Delwyn. Nature always helps (and heals) me too. Many blessings to you and your family.

  2. what beautiful photographs Delwyn...

    Best wishes to you and your clan.

  3. These are beautiful autumn photos.

    Your dad sounds like a very strong man. My thoughts are with you in this waiting period.

  4. I have waited, as you are waiting now. It is often an erratic process, where the timing of the end is impossible to predict. My thoughts are with you and yours.

  5. such truth in these words...and beauty in your wandering journey

  6. I have walked amongst those trees alongside that river in ChCh. It is very beautiful as is most of NZ.

    I have also waited like you are now.
    As Lori has said being in nature does help ease the pain.

    Love to you during this unique time.
    Be kind to yourself.

  7. delwyn thankyou for this beautiful, rich, very personal post. steven

  8. Beautifully said and photographed and very moving, Delwyn.

    Not to mention honest.

    The colours are just astounding.

  9. How poignantly expressed Delwyn. Nature is an enormous comfort and source of strength in such times.

    Thinking of you.

  10. Delwyn, I was quickly touched with joy by the beauty of Avon River, then just as quickly a sadness closed in. I know the feeling of waiting.

    I hope your father's passing is as beautiful and peaceful as Autumn is along the Avon River.


  11. Lovely photos of a beautiful river...but I felt your sadness before your heavy heart opened...I've been there and it's a difficult place...can only hope, like the comment above, your father's passing is as beautiful and peaceful as Autumn is along the Avon River. Stay strong.

  12. "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay."

    Nothing Gold Can Stay
    by Robert Frost
    Love,light and peace for you my dear Delwyn,I loved our walk!

  13. Beautiful photos! It must be a great joy to walk there.

  14. Delwyn

    What a beauiful walk and pictures!
    Thanks for sharing

    Tracy :)

  15. May your memories comfort you. Thank you for your inspiring post. It was generous of you at such a time.

  16. Lovely walk along the Avon river and to see all the lovely colours and falling leaves, when here, everything is coming alive and bursting out all over.

  17. this reminds me that our seasons are reversed-- we are starting to have nicer warmer weather with everything coming up green or blooming-- and you are having glorious warm autumn colors

  18. Dear friends

    thank you all for your kind words. If you have a return email I have replied to you.

    Happy days

  19. Hi Mary
    it is nice to meet you. Thankyou for your kind words.
    I popped over quickly and am sure that I am going to find much pleasure in visiting you regularly. I will call back over after returning from the gym...its 7.40am and I have to get moving...

    happy days

  20. Your photos show a beautiful place to let your spirit soar.
    I have been through such difficult times (with my own father) and I hope he finds a way to let his own spirit soar, peacefully.

  21. Beautiful photography & rich language. My father also was strong willed & fought off death for a long time, even after he was almost completely incapacitated by Parkinson's disease. It is a difficult struggle to witness. Best wishes to you & your family.

  22. Oh my goodness . . .


    Love your work.


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