“Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers. She loves the sun and the wind and the night sky. She carries a silver bowl full of liquid moonlight. She has a cat named Midnight with stars on his paws. Many people mistrust
Pleasure,and even more misunderstand her. For a long timeI could barely stand to be in …the same room with her…”
~ J. Ruth Gendler
I couldn’t sleep last night.
It was hot, and I was feverish. I tossed and turned for a while and then left my bed and crept outside to the back verandah.
The house was silent, and the night was deep. There was barely a hint of cool, and not a lick of moisture to be had. But that night air was sweet with the smell of summer grasses and the calm exhalations of the forest and mountain behind us.
A high overcast blanketed the stars so all there was was the darkness, me and the quiet shrill and hum of the night creatures. Eventually, even they fell silent and then the night belonged to me.
I breathed the earth in until my body grew so still and peaceful that nothing mattered anymore. I was cradled by the night, and by the earth, and by the silence.
And then I returned to bed and slept deeply until first light.
This morning I will walk along the beach with my feet in the water and my shoulders in the sun before the heat of the day scorches everything with her hot breath.
It doesn’t matter. I still have the night and her sweet comfort in every cell of my body and I am still at peace.
Wishing for you some time in nature this weekend too,
All my love, Nicole ❤ xx