Denis Martindale


Tranquil Moment... - Poem by Denis Martindale

The cheetah and cubs were resting,
Content to take their ease,
As if beyond all testing,
All tensions to release...
A tranqil moment all their own,
With none to intervene,
While in the distance, I, alone,
Observed their gentle scene...

In contrast to the adult's speed,
This precious time felt right,
For gone was every kind of need,
Excitement or delight...
This time was theirs, no cause to run,
No purpose but to stay
And pause beneath that golden sun,
The day to while away...

And so, I, too, sat down as well,
Breathed in, breathed out real slow,
As if there were no tale to tell,
With no new place to go...
Yet when they left, I stood up, too,
As if now energised,
For there were many things to do...
More than first realised!


Denis Martindale, copyright November 2015.


Poem based on a magnificent wildlife painting,
by artist Stephen Gayford. Google-search
gayfordgallery and 'Stephen Gayford poetry'.

Topic(s) of this poem: animals

Form: Prose Poem


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015



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