I loved today. The kids and I had a sweet hike in the woods. So much sunshine and wind! It’s also day 2 of NaPoWriMo. Today’s prompt got me because it invited us to write a poem about a place, including details to help portray a mood. I always want to write about natural places, so here we go…
Loch Raven Reservoir Hike, Take 1
We hadn’t been there in a while
and I was excited
Until we walked up to the signs
saying “NO TRESPASSING’.
another sign said “CORONAVIRUS.
This park closed to public,
One of my favorite trails, now forbidden.
Loch Raven Reservoir Hike, Take 2
We drove further down the road.
I followed my nose,
crossed a bridge,
parked the car just beyond.
There were no signs,
just an inviting trail,
going straight up.
I thought about the miracles that spring up
the possibilities that open up
when the routine is shaken up.
A Little Later
A blustery wind
made the still leafless trees
creak and groan
as their naked tops whipped around.
The water sparkled green.
Tiny pink flowers on the forest floor.
And more frequently than I want to say,
bits of trash,
Signs that humans have been this way.
First a young man
then twenty minutes later
an older man
passed us on the trail,
warmly keeping their distance.
My house is not spacious like the forest
but there is no wind chilling my bones
or signs telling me I am unwelcome.
Thank God for Home.