Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Walk In The Park

THIS IS THE VIEW OF THE CITY THAT I SEE ALMOST EVERY DAY. The body of water is the Reservoir, and the view is towards the West Side of Central Park. I am standing at an East Side point, having just climbed a few steps to the path, which circles the reservoir. Runners and walkers take over the path all day long, around and around. I hesitate to take this route. Usually do some stretches and stare at the incredible early morning view. I'm inspired by all the effort, and calmed by the harmony of it all.


Today there was a battle between the trees and the wind. Leaves were persistent, held fast to the branches, too early in the approaching season to let go just yet. What compares to the sound of shaking, rustling leaves? I can't quite find that music anywhere else.
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Cool at 63 degrees this morning. An early fall? We sometimes reach that temperature on a special day in the winter, and say,"My, it's hot today"! But today's 63 seems to be an entry to fall.
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I'm holding on to my pink New York Yankees cap, feels as if it will be swept off my head, become airborne. Dozens of sparrows skitter on the ground, and in the air. A fat breasted pigeon walks close to my steps, spotting a crumb. Many folks eat in the park, drop food intentionally, or by accident. The birds know that there's a never ending supply, have the nerve to walk closely to those of us who share their space. I talk to them, they don't mind. The original tweeters.
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I sit on a park bench, close to the 90th Street/ Fifth Ave. entrance. A plaque is fixed to the back of the bench, this one paying respect to the beloved Iris. Anyone can have a plaque placed on a park bench to honor a loved one, or a moment in time. I thought that I would like that sort of memorial to be placed on a bench someday for me. I could even slip some money to my friends and family to tack one up when the time comes. Then I found out how much it would be. $7500. Not so fast. Guess I'll have to count on good memories alone. I told a friend to write my name in the sand. Remember, no energy is ever lost.

22 comments:

Jeane said...

mmmmm, beautiful pics and I truly loved this post - you are such a good writer xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Thanks..I actually felt inspired to write today because of my walk..usually the best part of the day!

willow said...

Now that is a room with a view. Sigh.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Sometimes NY seems like the most peaceful place in the world....

Alaine said...

Oh, you lucky duck! Lyn, what is that building with the twin towers?

Yes, it is the best time of the day and I should get out there myself, as the morning is nigh gone.

Natalie said...

Wonderful view, How totally awesome! You are a lucky ducky Lyn,to wake up to that everyday... I really enjoyed your post,and have often thought about the name on the seat thing myself. :D

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
That is the Eldorado, a very ritzy apartment building..which I visited once, and wasn't disappointed!

Lyn said...

Hi Nat-
I don't actually wake up to that view, I have to walk a couple of blocks to see it..which is OK with me! Sometimes I take another route, if I want to stop off at the fruit and veggie carts...When it gets cold, I'll probably go back to the gym.

A Cuban In London said...

I absorbed the energy coming through your post. I sucked it all up. The first photo is absolutely breath-taking! Is that the reason why I want to go to NY so badly? I adore your city without having ever been to it.

Thanks for taking me with you around your park.

Greetings from London.

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

This is my kind of exercise - letting someone else do it!! I agree with Jeane, you have written this beautifully. Park benches seem pretty expensive in NY?! A million years ago we stayed at the St. Moritz on the Park(?). Is that part of your vista?

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
I am startled to learn that you've never been to NY, because you seem to be so essentially a New Yorker! The broad swathe of your interests and the beat of your writing..
I think you'd find things to do!!Come on down!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Thanks for your comments..much appreciated. Today it's raining a lot..I'll save my jaunt for tomorrow..
The St. Moritz is on Central Park S. and a bit too far away to spot,about 30 blocks south of where I am.. certainly not with all the trees so full, but the winter will bring a different vantage point. Time for you to return!!

Gaston Studio said...

Lovely post and beautiful photo. Your name in the sand will flow on the winds forever.

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
My belief entirely..thank you!

Karen said...

Thank you for letting us tag along. You are an excellent writer, I felt like I was there, with my wind swept hair.

Lyn said...

Hi Karen-
Such kind words! Thanks. Come along anytime..

Alaine said...

Lyn, I found more about the Eldorado building at nyc-architecture.com. We'll keep an eye out for the pink cap in CP in November!

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
How interesting that you found a site for Eldorado..I will look into it. Thanks!

FireLight said...

You are really a fabulous writer...and you definitely have the ever elusive "voice"....
I loved being in the park with you!

Guess what? I finally have made a post...had a dry spell there while school has been cranking up! So what if I waited two weeks to take up your meme? Can you forgive me, dear, and have a look?

Lyn said...

Hi Firelight-
Welcome back, and thank you so much!
Will definitely have a look, can't wait!!
Cool and clear this morn, after a few rainy days..out for a walk in a minute..come along!

Tom Atkins said...

I enjoyed the post, but the last line was simply inspirational.

Lyn said...

Hi Tom-
Thank you for your kind comment..I am increasingly certain of our place in time and space!

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