• Ken Hartke
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    A Winter's Walk

    Posted in Blogs on Saturday, 07 December 2019

      I was on an unintended winter walkthrough a quiet streamside forest. We call it a Bosque in these parts;that’s the old Spanish name. I had nowhere to go and on this day, no Frosty promises to keep. This season has a bony feel to it when nature is falling into sleep. The lay of the land is discovered. Muscle and bone are revealed as the golden leaves fall and curl, the grasses turn brown and brittle. Listen, and feel, as you stray off the trail to the crunch of the grass under your feet. Deer tracks cross your path, just hours old, and a large Coyote. The stream pulls them. It never freezes over – an artery flowing even in the coldest heart of winter.   Nature’s engineering is exposed to those who stop to look for it. Tree trunks display their common design. Seed pods open to the wind as parachutes sail off to a new life. Grassy seed heads bend but do not break. I pass by and scatter the seeds.     The canyon walls have specks of white. We are in December, our coldest month, and have had a taste of snow. It never lasts. The sun chases it away in hours, or a day. It lingers only where the sun can’t find it; protected by the shade and the cold nights. The weather rules this time and place. There is a change in the air. It seems something Is always coming or going. Off in the distance the clouds trek over the mountain wall as the winter sun turns frail and sets.      *     *     * The Home Place – 2019 

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