Field Notes: Winter 2023/2024
When the temperature drops
Come join me on a walk. There’s bound to be beautiful ice along the trails.
ridges, where the rivulet looks like a terraced waterfall
columns of needles that remind me of a sugary confection
the crinkle of thin ice below the leaves as we step
layers of white circles like thought bubbles caught in time
shadows cast by subtle ridges in a glassy surface
clear and milky ribbons frozen into intricate patterns
icicles dripping like candles from a hemlock branch above the brook
When we’re back, would you join me for a cup of tea?
December full moon
The night sky is wrapped in fog,
thick and close and moody.
Even so, I have come to the river
to be with the full moon.
I am wrapped in the sound of water,
a holy lullaby,
deep and rich and steady,
holding me secure and still
in the muted moonlight.
The longer I stand at the river’s edge,
the more I can see.
Untitled snow note
Asha and I duck under the barbed wire and enter the woods. At the first intersection Asha stops. I wait. I walk a few steps in one direction, then a few in another. Asha sits down. I kneel beside her. “What’s up?” I ask and brush snow off her head. She licks my face. I lie down in the snow and look up at the trees, squinting as snowflakes fall like powdered sugar from a sifter. When I feel the cold through my snow pants, I stand up and we walk back in the direction from which we’d come, leaving the story of our visit in the snow.
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