Raking in the Wind

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Racking in the wind

Blustery North wind
on a day of racking oak leaves
brown as honest eyes
and the size of workin’ mans’ hands.

The pile grows
with every stroke of the rake
into long rows for mulching.
Metal tines ride over the grass
organizing the strewn leaves.

The wind sounds in the pines
then sweeps down to steel leaves from every pull,
scattering newly piled oak flags
from the top of the rows
back out across the lawn.

Stand and hear the wind,
heed the wind,
the wind is the journey.
Two steps forward,
one step back.

Enjoy the exerting warmth of your body
and the bobbing branches overhead.
Enjoy the promise of winter
and the slow progress of the blown rows

slow progress
with time to ponder,
time to be outside,
time to listen to the trees,
and time to spend with Dad
raking leaves
in the wind.

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About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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