I am not exhausted when I am outside looking at nature. Birds, insects, turtles, trees, shrubs, and plants are all things that I enjoy when the stress level is too much.
Another thing I enjoy is a great mystery. Agatha Christie in book or movie form is all-time favorite, and that includes Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. I could name them all. Murdoch Mysteries, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries are more recent ones that have been enjoyed.
The one that might surprise you is that I love reading poetry. Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, and William Butler Yeats are a few of my favorites. A more contemporary person is Malcolm Guite (pictured above). If you haven't heard any of Malcolm Guite's poetry you are in for a treat.
I am chosen something for you. The festival of Corpus Christi has just passed (Thursday) and this was written in honor of the festival by Malcolm Guite. Corpus Christi celebrates the holy sacrament of communion. Enjoy this rather delightful romp into this sonnet!
This bread is light, dissolving, almost air,
A little visitation on my tongue,
A wafer-thin sensation, hardly there.
This taste of wine is brief in flavour, flung
A moment to the palate’s roof and fled,
Even its aftertaste a memory.
Yet this is how He comes. Through wine and bread
Love chooses to be emptied into me.
He does not come in unimagined light
Too bright to be denied, too absolute
For consciousness, too strong for sight,
Leaving the seer blind, the poet mute;
Chooses instead to seep into each sense,
To dye himself into experience.
This is from Sounding the Seasons. I have a few of his other books too. He is definitely worth checking out on Amazon or wherever you buy books from. I am also including a YouTube link. You can delight in his incredibly messy office and a bit of his mind with the video below. Enjoy!