Alaska

So October is behind us, Halloween is over, and November is starting.  That means I now have to wait another year to indulge in almost endless horror movies, and it is high time I get back to reading and writing.  It also means it’s National Novel Writing Month or “NaNoWriMo” as somebody decided to make up.

I’m diving in (with, admittedly, a head start) by continuing on with my story.  But to keep things interesting I am going to be tracking my progress and giving a concerted push to try and have a finished draft done by the end of the month.

In the meantime, as you may have noticed from the weeks that pass between posts,  I’ve been procrastinating.  And I decided if I must procrastinate, at least I can do so by writing something.  So below is a poem I worked on a week or two ago to try and keep things moving.  It’s not quite done, I kind of like this one but feel like it’s undercooked. I like the idea of it, but I also feel like it’s a little too complicated. Still, I need to get something posted tonight–the goal is to post something at least once a week during the month of November, and launch day is a big one.  So, here goes:

Alaska

Three days, lost in deep Alaska.

My nylon pack, a bright and cheerful blue,

felt filled with crushing lead.  And as

these weak knees buckled

 

with every step, each wretched gasp

of late fall’s wind raked my naked eyes

with flecking shards

of glass.

 

My hands turned grey 

and stiff and clumsy.  The

forest, silent, save for rasping breaths

that left a wake of blooming vapor.

 

Once green leaves cracked

beneath a powder dust of frost.  

And I considered the lie of a warm hearth

hiding beyond the farthest trees.  

 

Instead, I found a sacred place 

of frosted plants, some long dead,

others struggling for survival

in errant shafts of yellow light.

 

And among them, the body 

of a fawn, frozen, black eyes open,

its fragile legs twisted

like knotted chord.

 

 

I’m drawn to the marble eyes,

glazed with crystline frost.

I shift the pack on my shoulders.

I shrug it to the ground.

 

I kneel there by the pitiful fawn and

know that it will watch the glade

until spring’s thaw.

 

I close my eyes.

Inhale the sharp, chill air.

And resolve to rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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