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The Gentle Pace of Rest

The Gentle Pace of Rest

written by: FC Malby



Damp, cavernous lengths
of tree bark flesh out across

woodland paths — nature’s
barrier to a destination,

thrown down in a storm
forcing you to pause, observe,

feel, scan the frilled rainbow
colours of the lichens and the

glow of beetles finding a
home. Time stands still after

the rains, here in the forest.
Ferns and yellow ochres calm

your senses, peel your mind
from furious emails and incessant

calls, a desk slapped with post-it
notes. We can learn from the still,

quiet pace of nature, from the trees
and creatures that change with the

seasons, leaves stripped bare for
new growth, body temperatures

lowering in readiness for hibernation,
an unlearning of rush, a casting

away of layers of lists and busy,
a discard of heaviness and worry,

the gentle pace of rest is found
here, in nature’s healing balm

with its quiet sounds and drip
drip of moisture, the call of birds

the pause of insects as they wait
for the heat of the sun to rise.

FC Malby

FC Malby

F.C. Malby is a contributor to Unthology 8 and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction. Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo includes award-winning stories, and her debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People's Book Awards. Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes by David Gaffney, and won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster fiction competition. Her stories have also been published online in Litro Magazine, Ether Books, Spontaneity Magazine, 1000 Words, Flash Fiction Magazine, Paragraph Planet, Flash Flood Journal, The Puffin Review, Vending Machine Press, Friday Flash Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, The Drabble, Spelk Fiction, Fictive Dream and Train Lit Magazine.
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