Wisconsin Highlands

January 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Wisconsin Highlands

 

I long for the stillness of a Wisconsin Highlands early evening

No sound

but the occasional scamper of a chipmunk or squirrel

            across the crusty surface of late spring snowpack

            or the distant staccato tapping of a woodpecker

Night approaching

            my breath is frosty, though I can feel

            Winter has lost her edge

White tail deer tracks

            once distinct in the deep snow

            have begun to subside into random depressions from the mid-day sun

Down through the woods

            the lake is still frozen,

            though a sinuous moat is beginning to invade its shoreline perimeter

The sky in fading light

            turning a deeper, darker blue before my eyes

Leafless branches

            inky black etchings stand starkly against the sky

            then slowly fade from view, as a tapestry of stars appear

            expressing the vastness of the universe


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