Beyond the road side carpark a long flight of steps wound down a cliff face. At the bottom an earthen path led me into a dark forest. The guidebook told me the trees were ancient Moonah trees.
The path was damp beneath my feet and all sounds were muffled. I was aware of an ancient primordial energy that was far stronger than my worldly worries. A sense of enchantment crept over me.
As I ventured deeper into the forest moisture dripped from the tangled trees.
Contorted tree roots twisted in and around rocky mounds. The magic of fae gathered in the secluded crevices and I felt the presence of elemental beings peeping out from the shadows.
On and on I wandered. I felt utterly immersed in the mystery. The feeling of enchantment was so strong I began to think I could wander here forever and never find my back home. I took photo after photo. Focusing on the mechanics of photography grounded me.
Deep in the forest the light was dim. The veils between the worlds thinned and I felt I had stepped out of time. It was then that I came across a clearing where other visitors had built small cairns. I gathered some rocks and made my own cairn as a offering to the deep forest magic.
The way became lighter after that and it wasn’t long before the vegetation changed. I had a sense that I was leaving the forest and returning to the world I knew. The problems that had bought me there no longer seemed so pressing. Simple solutions presented themselves to me as the path began to climb back up towards the road.
prompt – https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/04/18/colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge-30-wish-magic-2-birthday/