The benefits of traffic calming

For a moment, and it need not be long

Turn away from entertainment and the consumption of news

And enter the beautiful wilderness that is silence

Stay there while the thought-traffic passes through

So many cars all going nowhere and incredibly fast

But you’re for silence so you wait and you watch

Until the rush hour has passed, the road quietens

Fewer cars drive carelessly through your mind, hardly any

The exhaust clears, your breathing deepens

And in the fresher air, as if by magic, you appear

A different you – one free from the fumes of too-busy thought

Beyond the traffic of your thoughts, you appear

There all the time though sometimes lost

But in the silence you return

This vulnerable lovely you

And you’re strong, you had quite forgotten

And you have a voice

And you will handle this day, you will handle it well


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