A long cold walk on a nature trail on a snowy day sometimes leads to self reflection and sometimes creative fire. Here’s something I wrote on a long walk this afternoon.
A Wistful Winter
The cold strips us bare as it works its way through our layers with terse touches
Its winding work penetrates below where our heartbeats, and spreads its cold kiss
But there is stillness here in the cold and long nights.
All the dead leaves are waiting, resting, in soft snowy stillness.
Peaking above the white dusting, leaves show their faded colors,
But only for a moment, before they retire to rest.
As should you.
And perhaps when we retire we will remember the silence by the hearth as we rub our hands diligently in gratitude toward a flickering flame
And the fire will teach us light and warmth in a period of long darkness
It is how we measure things that matters.
Our self-measurement is much like the falling snow,
Frail and wispy.
But in great number it can pack weight and depth,
Hanging heavy on our heart.
In stillness, we can watch it cascade from the sky and let it be.
How will you measure now that you took your first peak above the layer of cold and dark?
And as we walk on white paths lined with skeletal memories like some undiscovered country,
Will you feel a snowflake give its life as it casts itself onto the warmth of your face and flesh?
And when you return to home and safety,
Will you stoke the fires of your emotions as you stoke a log with your intention and iron?
Can you cast sparks like stars into the long dark?
Mind those sparks,
For those little pinpricks of light are a map to your soul.
If you trace the path, you will find the warm fertilizer of being
There is no better moment than now to look and see