Sailboats in Winter

by

(Clinton Lake, Kansas)

Sailboats in dry dock are chorus bells
on a windy hill.

Through two winter miles of Osage woods,
branched low and sheltering,
A hiker comes stumbling down crumbling
     limestone hills, wandering
in and out, skirting lake-flooded creeks,
     boldly sauntering

across boat ramps and silent roads,
     side-stepping hillside seeps,
leaping on fallen oaks, and laughing
     at the deadfall’s creak.

Then wind in the rigging. The music
     of metal fittings fills the sky,

tinkling   tinkling   tinkling

like nothing wintering on a Kansas hill.

 

First published in Mostly Maine.

 

Mike takes a hike in Missouri - photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer

Mike takes a hike in Missouri – photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer

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