Monday, January 05, 2009

Winter Walking



I took twin girl for a walk in the woods because she was ornery.
Not enough sleep, not enough fruits and vegetables, not enough chores.
Too many presents, too much chocolate, too many video games.

So we walked, and she whined.
Until I told her that she should not talk like that in the forest.
She should stay quiet and just use her eyes to find some beauty.

And she did.

Red berries, on leafless winter trees.
Glistening dew-ice, on creekside rushes.
Swirling patterns of frozen flooding,
layered like ribbon jello beneath our feet.

Then...

Slender, bulbous and dripping icicles
in clusters between the fallen tree bridge
and the water.

They are glistening, crystal ice people-sicles,
hair caught on branches above,
feet stirring eddies in the water below.

If you focus on them carefully,
it seems as though the creek is the thing that is still,
and the glassy ice people are the ones moving.

Slender pixies,
melting
as they stand bravely,
feetless and
losing ankles to the tide and the sun,

water skiing anyway.

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8 comments:

Heidi Lee said...

Cool words! Almost like a poem.

You should write a book. Your a great writer.

Kulio said...

sigh...

First UMC said...

I need you to take Milo on a walk, too!

I know - you're thinking that I could do that myself. I am, anyway.

kool kenna said...

my family all agree that you should write a book with all your posts and emails. ;)

mrc-w said...

Sounds so pretty!

bk said...

it was fun too!
i leared about the trees.
my mom, she told me that if your lost, the trees will start pushing you the right way. and if you hurt the trees in any way then they will get lower and lower and there branches are swaying back and forth until they reach you and then they pick you up and drop you down their tree trunks(only if you hurt them on porpuse.)It kind of freaked me out but i got over it and said that i will never hurt a tree in any way. i and was never was going to even before my mom told me that.
so never hurt a live tree.

bk said...

it was fun too!
i leared about the trees.
my mom, she told me that if your lost, the trees will start pushing you the right way. and if you hurt the trees in any way then they will get lower and lower and there branches are swaying back and forth until they reach you and then they pick you up and drop you down their tree trunks(only if you hurt them on porpuse.)It kind of freaked me out but i got over it and said that i will never hurt a tree in any way. i and was never was going to even before my mom told me that.
so never hurt a live tree.

cjs said...

chills
chills

and still...

more chills.

(bowing in reverence)