Apricot Light: a new poem on rain, trees and other things


I recently went to Dartmoor National Park in Devon for a one week meditation retreat. It was organised by Freely Given Retreats and took place at The High Heathercombe Centre. The teachers were Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie who also run ‘meditation in action’ work retreats with Sanghaseva.

Reading, writing, phoning, browsing, typing, talking were all discouraged on the retreat, for good reason. There was plenty to immerse yourself in – deep countryside, meditation practice, wholesome and tasty food – and the fewer distractions from these the better. I did scribble down a few words near the beginning of the week, though, and these formed the heart of a poem, Apricot Light, which I wrote when I got back. I owe the title to a friend, from a conversation we had as we travelled the last leg of the journey together, from Newton Abbot train station to The High Heathercombe Centre.


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