Pushing her roots down deeply
Firming up her core
The London Plane tree readied herself
For the swell of Nordic Walkers pouring down the slope.
An unfamiliar but not invasive sight.
Nordic Walking poles borne by walkers
In cascading abeyas
With pastel head wraps
In ballooning trousers splashed by a rainbow With sunglasses, hats, masks, bhindis. Punctuated by instructors
The tree’s arms spread
Heartwood breathed out an embrace Phytocine-abundance, green medicine.
A turning point for the swarm
To begin their humming buzz back up the slope. Trunk puffed out with pride
To be part of their
International Nordic Walking Day at Eastville Park.
Subitha Baghirathan 21 May, 2023.