TRACKS IN JANUARY SNOW

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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Filed under Fatherhood and venison jerkey, In the woods, On the water, Poetry

9 responses to “TRACKS IN JANUARY SNOW

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

  2. 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

      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!

  3. Fantastic. Just fantastic.

  4. 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

      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!

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