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A quarter inch of wet March snow
each footprint on the sidewalk
clear, pressing flakes to melting

here my husband’s shoes
walking to work
there small bootprints of a school child

I follow my dog as we lap the block
her paired prints slaloming in a trot
mine pacing out behind me

and everywhere the drip prints
of tree branches, the tracks of squirrels
precise, perfect

front feet back feet as if pressed
in plaster or drawn in the guide book
by noon they’ll be gone

but for this moment they are here
crisp record of the morning
and I am here to witness

© by Sarah Gilbert.
Used with the author's permission.

 

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Sarah Gilbert lives in Appleton, WI. A retired La Leche League Leader and homeschooling mom, she serves as regional VP for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and coordinates monthly poetry readings at a local cafe. Her dormant poetry writing was awakened in 2000 by the second of four (so far) Lynch Syndrome hereditary cancers. Sarah also weaves, gardens and makes a fine lap for her three cats.

 

 


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Maryann Hurtt:
Great sounds and seeing, Sarah.
Posted 03/03/2014 09:30 AM
wordsmith:
Wonderful, Sarah! Cheers, Mandi
Posted 03/02/2014 04:20 PM
Dorcas:
To observe the activity around and left to go about other business. Marvelous.
Posted 03/02/2014 12:44 PM
wendy morton:
The poet as witness!
Posted 03/02/2014 11:02 AM
pwax:
Nice, Sarah! Especially like all those b and p sounds. Phyllis
Posted 03/02/2014 10:54 AM
Ginny C.:
A small poem of witness. Very lovely work.
Posted 03/02/2014 10:48 AM
Ross Kightly:
The simplicity and focus are very satisfying and nourishing. Lovely!
Posted 03/02/2014 09:24 AM
Sherry:
Just lovely...
Posted 03/02/2014 08:12 AM
rksanders@charter.net:
Sorry--I like the LINE..
Posted 03/02/2014 07:58 AM
rksanders@charter.net:
Beautiful, Sarah. It put me in that moment, too. I especially like the like, "I follow my dog as we lap the block." Kay
Posted 03/02/2014 07:56 AM
Charly:
Very nice, Sarah.
Posted 03/02/2014 07:27 AM
jeanie:
"by noon they'll be gone" ... live now. thank you sarah
Posted 03/02/2014 07:25 AM
TheSilverOne:
Thank you for sharing a beautiful experience so others can experience it. Lovely poem.
Posted 03/02/2014 07:11 AM
mimi:
morning walk thru a poet's eyes, thanks Sarah.
Posted 03/02/2014 06:55 AM


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