When city life seems drab
and noisy and grey
I take a bus or a train to contemplate
the beauties that are not far away at all.
although I live in the city
the mountains and the lake call out to me.
It is here that I come to resource myself
and it's best to choose a sunny day.
A little sailing boat glides over the calm water
and in the small port in the lakeside town of Vevey,
I love to stare at the reflections in the water.
Green and blue
the shapes change with the moving surface of the water.
A swan preens its feathers
and looks into the depth of the water
until a mate comes along.
a last look towards this end of Lake Léman
and as I look at the sparkles on the water
I take home wonderful memories
of a sunny day by the lake
and find once again
my inner serenity.
The town of Vevey is where I lived when I first came to Switzerland.
It is barely a 15-minute train journey from where I live now
in the city of Lausanne.