Harmony in the Park

Thank you to The Daily Prompt for the word prompt harmony.


I’m sitting cross legged  in the middle of a grassy hill at the park on Saturday as I meditate and observe. People walk their dogs and the occasional cat. They walk in couples and families, some complete with strollers of bawling twins. There are those who stroll, those who amble, and those who power walk, their arms swinging absurdly.

Runners zip inbetween the walkers to keep up their pace. Dogs being walked on their leash on the paved trail, happily jump on the runners for a sniff and to say hello with curiousity. A runner does not know if a particular dog is friends or foe. It is easiest for them to keep their distance in the hub-bub of trail traffic. But one runners can’t help but laugh as a furry dog lavishes him with friendly dog kisses.

On the off leash trails I wander now, and dogs run free chasing each other, it’s all a  glorious canine game. Cyclists come racing, tearing down the gravel trails on their bikes with bells to warn people of their presence. They don’t appear to realize these gravel and wood chip trails are built for the dogs and their humans. 

Go back to the paved trails in the park you cyclists. Some dogs are frightened by cyclists and may lunge at them. Cyclists are too loud (as are the rollerbladers) for many dogs and they could get hurt (along with the cyclist) if cyclists remain in the dogs’ zone of unleashed freedom on the off leash trails.

Children run around back in the grass in the park, playing fantasy and make believe with invisible friends. A playground is full of small children swinging, jumping, and sliding in bliss.Giggles and laughs decorate the air. An entire conversation happens between young Mackenzie and her invisible friend Charlie. 

A Mom yells to her toddler, “Come back,” as he nears a volleyball match in session. I watch with interest as the  match takes place in an area of sand and I pause to watch the match finish, team blue is victorious! 

I sit back on the grass under a tree and watch the clouds slowly moving cotton puffs in the sky. A tired dog approaches me and I sit on lush green grass and pet his baby-soft black fur. I miss this, the closeness of woman and dog. This peace of humanity and animals, in the park, is what I call harmony — as close to it as we can hope for on earth.


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16 thoughts on “Harmony in the Park

  1. Priceless Joy March 5, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Nice imagery, Mandi! I enjoyed reading this. Now, I’m thinking about going to our dog park that is close to me and walking! 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 March 5, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks PJ. Parks are so nice 🙂 I’m grateful we’ve had such nice weather this year 🙂


      • Priceless Joy March 5, 2016 / 6:01 pm

        Our weather has been beautiful lately, but we did have a rough winter (more snow than usual). Dog parks are so nice!

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      • mandibelle16 March 5, 2016 / 7:11 pm

        We’ve had the strangest Winter. I don’t want to cause any storms in March (knock on wood) but we haven’t had many cold days at all. Are worst has been -10 degrees Celsius and that was only like two or three days here in there. Otherwise, little snow and temperatures mostly above 0 degrees Celsius. It’s incredible. I’ve been able to walk most days. Usually, we get a few weeks of minus thirty or atleast in the minus twenties degrees Celsius. Not complaining at all. I love it! Glad your spring is looking better. Yes, dog parks are awesome! At least I get to pet someone else’s dog lol.


      • Priceless Joy March 5, 2016 / 7:16 pm

        That sounds wonderful! I’m glad to hear you all have been having such lovely weather and you have been able to walk! I hope it continues for you. I hope this weather continues for us too. 🙂

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  2. jacquelineobyikocha March 5, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    I love going to the park and I can quite relate to this ‘cos I even wrote a poem sometime ago about a day in the park. Yes, I agree that it’s quite harmonious 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 March 5, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Glad you feel similar about parks 🙂


  3. clcouch123 March 6, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    The last paragraph, built on everything preceding, reaches out and touches the reader. Narrator reclining on the grass beneath the tree. Petting the tired dog. Nature and woman, as you say, in harmony. This gets to us in the best way.

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    • mandibelle16 March 6, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks Christopher. I think that moment is one of my favourite moments to be in. Sitting in the grass with a dog in my lap in the sun — just heavenly.

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