Birthday Hike and River Talk


What a lovely day of doing nothing important in celebration of my birthday. Here is a poem written after hiking the Athens Park trail, sitting in the shelter listening to the river. Photo is from AthensWisconsin.com because my camera/phone battery was dead. Enjoy the poem and your life of unimportance.

Athens Park photo from Athens WI website

Athens Park Trail Hike and River Talk

Boots clunking
on wet leaves
forest of hemlock
and naked stems
red oak, maple
corralled by Black Creek,
a chatty creek
alto voice
telling the same stories
gurgling over rocks
louder than rain drips
off needle tips
and sullen littered leaves.

Day of calm
droning brook
white sky
smell of sodden earth
opening to the moist chill,
a chill that settles
into my body-water.

I am the creek too
telling my story
moving yet going nowhere better
a fine life of unimportance
on a day of no goals.

This is the dream life
same, simple,
stretched out
between invisible sky
and molten earth
moving but going nowhere better

because here is where
I am born, live, and die.
Here is where
I babble over rocks
and move in unison with the seasons
in all my ages.

About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to make our world a positive place. She believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her pen-name is CreatetheDawn. Follow Dawn's work on this blog and in her books to help fill your world with wit, wisdom, and wonder.
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