TRACKS IN JANUARY SNOW

by fishingpoet on January 4, 2014 · 9 comments

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photostanding in this new year’s yard tonight
snow to here no jacket or hat or gloves
kids inside with their childhood laughter
it’s zero degrees & I’m happy
that the cold makes my chest ache
freezes my beard with every exhale
while the moon in its circuital intent
evolves & grows as it slinks westward
on the horizon a low-slung crescent flame
just above the treeline amidst starry applause
telling me heads up there’s plenty more
to come in this life son 
I am alive
in this moment in every moment
I remind myself that like a second chance
any resolution I make will only be
good when I do something with it

I turn to head back inside
pressing new steps into the snow
different than the ones that brought me here


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Erin Block January 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

“I’m happy
that the cold makes my chest ache”
…means we’re still here, eh? Great lines. Good new year, Matt.

fishingpoet January 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

That, my friend, is exactly right.
Happy new year, Erin “)

Mike Sepelak January 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

pressing new steps into the snow
different than the ones that brought me here

Changed. Transformative trips, whether into the back yard or into Alaska, are only significant when you do something with it. Not everyone understands that. Fewer still do something.

Thanks for the elegant reminder.

fishingpoet January 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I’m happy I was present enough to recognize those small steps.
Great to hear from you, Mike. Thank you for the shout (on MGF…A too) and happy new year!

Joseph January 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Fantastic. Just fantastic.

Steve Z January 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

Something I’ve never been able to do and that you do so well. Sweet. Time for us all to do something with it.

fishingpoet January 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

At times, Steve, I do it well. Hoping that I’m able to do it more often this year. Thanks for the shout. Great to hear from you – and happy new year!

fishingpoet January 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

Thanks, Joey “)

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