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Poetry Walks

Decatur walks
Medlock Park, Decatur. Medlock Park has nice long forest trails for walking.

Walks in nature have been my salvation over the past 6 months. A few months ago, timidly, I started to go for walks with the first person out of my household. Not any ordinary walk mind you, but a marvelous walk where we read poetry and books to each other.

Our Dreamy Thursdays

My friend and I took the COVID pandemic seriously from the very beginning, and after my mom left, we slowly started to see each other. We met every Thursday, rain or shine, picked different spots, social distanced, wore masks….and have amazing talks.

AS COVID-19 is still impacting our lives, some sense of normalcy and much needed human contact is needed. We are all adjusting to this “New Normal.”

Walks at Medlock Park in Georgia
Loving little moments and long walks.

We decided to create our own world and add some art in a form of reading to each other on our walks. I was thrilled!

A few days before, I usually look at what I will read and give my selection some serious thought. Once in awhile, it’s a book that I am currently reading. I read a short story from O. Henry without knowing what would happen. Sometimes I look for something particular, like Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric, ever inspiring Bertrand Russell, tender Neruda, mesmerizing Gabriel García Márquez, evocative Charles McNair, and many others.

Art is not just beauty, there is also a thought process behind it. The mind behind it. The forms of expression and the ideation can change my thought process as well. Something as simple as a walk in the nature and reading poetry can change and enrich my way of thinking. More importantly, art doesn’t need to be art in conventional sense – it needs to impact me. These moments we share move me deeply.

Tijana

Poetry and Nature Walks

My friend is incredibly creative in her poem and story selection. I love how each time it is something very different. The last time, it was the poem by Khalil Gibran.

“Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life

…..
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life”

Little Discoveries Along the Way

Since we always change locations I’m constantly discovering something new. Around the home, my walks are around the familiar paths. Check the little video about delightful little wonders. You can truly find joy in any place, with the right company, and with an open and curious mind.

Medlock park in Decatur Georgia
Little surprising discovery.

Enjoy this little video with wonderful little discoveries along the way.

I adore how beautiful the wooden pathways at Medlock Park in Decatur were. I’m immensely grateful for my friend, she’s a true gem in knowing how to find special places.

Walks - Decatur, Georgia. Medlock Park
What a beautiful place to walk.

I love also how our friendship is evolving and deepening during this strange period of time. Regardless of all the limits, our minds are limitless, and we just create a different world full of art and simple joys. For that, we need only very little. This life is all about the people we share moments with. Each time I come back home, my heart is full.

Until The Next Time

Walking on the bridge, over railroad tracks
Loving those moments. Photos of Tijana by Bojana Ginn.



Now I’m eagerly looking forward to our Thursdays as they have become an eagerly awaited and joyful day for us. It never ceases to amaze me what we can do when we set our minds to it. Sometimes you don’t need to travel across the world to discover new worlds within you.

You can find art in the most unexpected places. All you need is a great friend and imagination.

Tijana



Where is It?

Medlock Park is located at 874 Gaylemont Cir, Decatur, GA 30033.

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6 comments

  • Roberto

    Absolutely Tijana, calm and isolated places bring to us unequal moments.
    Life is made by little moments building in time what is our existence.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      So beautifully spoken Roberto! So true – being present and enjoying the little moments, especially in these challenging times is so important and precious. I loved what you wrote – thank you! All the best wishes.

  • svetislav

    If at least for a short time in nature we manage to forget the reality of life, we belong to the imagination … do we need something more in this incomprehensible world around us ?

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Always delightful to read your thoughts Cece. Yes, sometimes we need to rediscover simple joys and pleasures to deeply appreciate them. adding art to walks is majestic! Highly recommended.

  • Ye

    Great to be out in the open! Nice and peaceful place. I always enjoy walking in places like this. Stay safe.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Yes, it is such a joy! Salvation for the mind and body. Do you recognize the mask? I am forever grateful to you. I feel that I can be safer with it, with other precautions like social distancing and more.

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