This week's theme is Journey and The Road Ahead. This photo is from a winter hike along the Miami and Erie Canal in western Ohio we took this afternoon. My wife is up ahead in the black coat walking our dog Cosmo. My son is in the yellow coat in front of me. It was a beautiful day to be out and about!
A winter walk...
Trudging along, clouds of frozen breath
streaming beside my face,
barely any breeze to draw my attention
from the whir of possibility
in my mind.
I watch ahead as they scramble on
the frozen tow path, amid the sticks and ruts
of the winter, each in their own solitude.
They smile at passersby, not knowing names
but glad for company from thoughts that wander too
far into the distance.
My own thoughts meander along like the tiny
rivulet of water beneath the icy, winding canal bottom.
A darting flash of red I think I saw...
no wait, just my mind again.
I try to focus in upon myself,
to slow the stream of images, wrangling with each other
for prominence in the discussion of what the year will bring.
"I love this weather," says my heart.
"I beg to differ," my face and toes!
In the end, feet damp and chilled,
faces frozen in smiles of simple wonder
at nature's delight on a cold, frosty January day.
Nothing solved, nothing decided.
Hearts and minds cleared for renewed efforts
at bringing about another day in the life.