No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring
And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing
No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round
And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground
No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood
And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud
No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue
And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view
No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,
To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat
No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow
And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow
No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth 
And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth

No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon
And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune 

Remember what you value, remember who is dear
Close the doors to danger and keep your family near
In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare
And wonder at the glory unfurling everywhere
Look towards the future, after the ordeal
And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal



Debra Michaud

Fri 1st May 2020 00:41

I am a Hospice Volunteer associated with Baystate Hospital, Springfield, MA and would like to share this inspiring poem in the weekly newsletter sent to bring solace and encouragement to the medical caregivers coping with the current epidemic.

I would hope that the word choice, cadence, and message surround and uplift them the way it did me. In The Time Of Quiet took my heart on a Nature Walk leading to a space of peace and hope.

Please let me know if you would allow me to share this message in that way.

Whatever you decide, thank you for putting thoughts to words that speak to me in this comforting reminder of the healing force of nature.


Phillipa Wilson

Sun 19th Apr 2020 08:53

What a beautiful poem Philippa. May I share it please on my yoga newsletter to students and on my facebook pages please? I just think it would really brighten peoples day. Thanks so much for writing it. xx

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Wed 15th Apr 2020 11:13

Just beautiful - and lovely to hear a poem that rhymes doing it well!

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Andy N

Mon 30th Mar 2020 20:22

First rate (:

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 28th Mar 2020 11:30

Lovely poem Philippa - fantastic imagery and tight rhyme - really enjoyed reading it

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Fri 27th Mar 2020 21:45

Enjoyed this one a lot. Nature does not rest. It gives us hope when all else is failing around us.

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Fri 27th Mar 2020 16:19

What a beautiful poem Philippa and much needed in the world at this time. Thank you for sharing. ❤️??

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