The twelve days…
not of Christmas, but time spent together
as we travel Maine to Florida, then Kentucky and home
our first journey…
Too many words needed
to express how I feel…
a single word insufficient.
I still bask in the memories of our trip
knowing each new venture
will bring us even closer.
Friends and family, dinner and wine
enhanced by her presence
all good things in life
Tree tops following
the curves of the ground
leaving no hill or crevice untouched
so complete its work
as if a sheet covering the ground
a tracing so exact…
tree tops to her… my hands.
Each wrinkle, a testament to a life’s lesson
some hard learned… their wrinkles reminders
as they serve notice of the value
of their owner’s life experiences.
Each physical scar has its own story
a careless moment, a brush with death
more than a conversation piece
rather a piece of history.
Wrinkles and scars telling a life’s story…
so many wanting to erase the visual signs
that tell so much, and beckon questions
of those who have paved the way.
I wear my wrinkles and scars proudly
letting nature runs its course…
like roadside signs, they advertise
a warehouse of things old and valuable.
Living for the moment…
too young to realize how choices and actions then
could or would affect my life later.
Like a magnet the outdoors pulled on me
physically and mentally I was its prisoner
my thoughts and energies its slave.
Not important what I was doing outdoors
just being there made me feel at home;
summer and winter hiking and camping
in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,
water skiing, fishing, or swimming in lakes and rivers,
walking five miles to go horseback riding…
this magnet so strong capturing my thoughts
as I sat in school classrooms… daydreaming.
Expanding on my outdoors love affair I taught
outdoor survival to Air Force pilots
attending survival schools to improve my skills,
then teaching survival for state and county agencies;
all the time the magnet pulling harder.
I have finally come full circle…
no longer sitting in classrooms daydreaming;
no longer teaching or attending classes;
I live in the country
applying those things I spent a lifetime learning.
And as our way of life slips away
giving way to the takers and elite controllers
I have all I need…
a good woman, water, shelter, food,
friends I can rely on, and who can rely on me…
my life goes on unhindered…
living for the moment.